WYALKATCHEM CBH AGRICULTURE MUSEUM
You might think a museum focused agriculture in the Wheatbelt would be more for history buffs. But at the Wyalkatchem CBH Agriculture Museum, you’ll find a celebration of the innovations and inventions that proliferated from agricultural farmers (and inventors) across the region.
The Wyalkatchem CBH Agriculture Museum has one of the most impressive collections of agricultural history and memorabilia in the Wheatbelt. Among over 500 other display items, you’ll find an original 1914 Waterloo Boy tractor. This was one of the first practical kerosene-powered tractors on the market.
When you enter the Wyalkatchem CBH Agriculture museum, you can take a step back in time and begin to understand what farming was like in years gone by. The whole family has the chance to see for themselves what life was like in the central Wheatbelt during the 20th century. The main museum is even housed in a 1936 “K” type wheat bin. In fact, the wheat bin is the oldest in preservation and is a cultural heritage site!
With grain production being an important contributor to Australia’s economy, there is a large display of agricultural equipment within the museum. Did you know the first bulk handling of wheat in Australia began with Mr Harry Threlfall from Korrelocking on the 9th of November 1931 in the Shire of Wyalkatchem?
The 1914 John Deere Waterloo Boy is definitely the star attraction of the museum. It was one of the first practical kerosene powered tractors, and very few museums have an operational model on display. Before that, there were only steam-powered engines which were cumbersome, difficult to transport, costly and dangerous. Kerosene was used as it cost a fraction of gasoline yet, when burned efficiently, produced approximately the same horsepower hours per gallon as gasoline.
As you explore the hundreds of display items, you will be able to appreciate just how much farming technology has progressed over the past 100 years. Observe the changes in machinery, from the original 1914 John Deere Waterloo Boy kerosene-powered tractor to the introduction of diesel-powered engines.
Not only that, but you will also find general memorabilia, stationary motors, army/medical displays, vintage motor vehicles and hundreds of other artefacts from a long forgotten era.
Where to find it
Railway Terrace, Wyalkatchem, 6485
Check the website for opening times and entry fees
Wyalkatchem Community Resource Centre
L5700 Railway Tce Wyalkatchem
Phone: 9681 1500