Wireless Hill Museum

The Musuem is Currently Closed to the Public

We are in process of installing, the 2021 City of Melville Art Exhibition.

We will re-open on Saturday 23rd October 2021 10:00am

We look forward to welcoming you then.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Current Exhibition



Sunday 5 September 2021 to Sunday 10 October 2021

Magnification through science using Biomimicry principles, applications and Taxonomy; Inter related Communications and transformative times during COVID 2020. Utilising organic materials similar to those found onsite, Nidia is creating biomorphic shapes that are undergoing slow metamorphosis as they age, referencing the constant state of transition within this unique biodiversity hotspot at Yagan Mia/Wireless Hill. Also, large suspended textiles form the visual identity of the exhibition.

Wireless Hill is synonymous with both the transmission of communication and natural biodiversity, with a history that spans many thousands of years before its time in the 20th century as a wireless station. Workshops, botany walks & science and biology talks are planned during the residency.

The exhibition is part of IOTA21 - Indian Ocean Craft Triennial.

The Museum

The Wireless Hill Museum is situated within Wireless Hill Park in Ardross and hosts regular exhibitions, educational talks, school holiday activities, and a Museum Learning Program.

The Museum building is located within the old Engine Room of the original Wireless Station established in 1912. The Wireless Station was one of Australia’s first links with radio technology, used for telecommunications during World War One and World War Two.

Using Morse Code, the Station communicated with ships off the Australian coast using a mast that was 120 metres (396 feet) tall. In 1968 the Wireless Station was vacated and it is now listed on the Western Australian Register of Heritage Places.

See more information on the historical timeline of the Wireless Station.

Wireless Hill has been a place of communication for thousands of years, as it was previously used by the Noongar Beeliar Aboriginal people as a lookout and a place to send smoke signals.

Opening Hours

Wednesdays and Fridays: 10.00am - 2.00pm

Sundays: 12noon to 4.00pm

Please note: The Wireless Hill Museum will be closed to the public from Monday 23 August 2021 and will reopen on Sunday 5 September 2021 with the new exhibition.

Contact Details

Phone:  08 9364 0158

Email:   museums@melville.wa.gov.au

Postal Address:  Wireless Hill Museum Locked Bag 1, Booragoon, WA 6954


Wireless Hill Museum is in Wireless Hill Park, Telefunken Drive (extending from Almondbury Road), Ardross.

The Wireless Hill Museum Collection

The Wireless Hill Museum collection consists of objects, photographs and documents that relate to telecommunications and the site itself. These include remnants of the Wireless Hill station, Morse Code equipment, electronics, QSL cards, transmitters and receivers.

Some industrial relics such as steel cabling and glass conductor fragments were unearthed during an archaeological site dig near the mast base in 2012. A rare set of plate glass negatives found onsite at the Hickey Street Cottages also form part of the collection.

The Wireless Hill Museum also houses an extensive collection of domestic radios, some of which were manufactured in Western Australia and are very significant to the state's history.

Search our collections online and view images

Virtual Tours

Past exhibition: SIGNALS, CYPHERS AND STORIES: A Stitched History of Telecommunications

Wireless Hill Museum is proud to present in partnership with Innovative Stitches, an embroidery exhibition in response to the site history of Wireless Hill, and the history of telecommunications

  • Click on or tap the Play button to take a guided tour
  • Navigate around the exhibition at your own pace using your mouse or finger.
  • Float your cursor over (or tap) the white hotspots to see more information in popup windows - videos, photos or text

Past exhibition: Transmission (2020)

The exhibition Transmission celebrated the unique story of the VHF (Very High Frequency) Amateur Radio Club of WA, who have resided onsite at Wireless Hill Park since the 1972. Open the virtual tour (in new window).

Previous Exhibitions


A Centenary of Wireless Hill celebrated the 100th anniversary of Wireless Hill Station in 2012. The Centenary of Wireless Hill exhibition setup took place over 5 days in September 2012, in the lead-up to the Centenary Celebrations.


Home Front / War Front explored the significant role that Wireless Hill played in both World Wars, under control of the Australian Navy. The exhibition also looked at the lives of ordinary people in our community of Melville, and how they were touched by the war experience - be it on the front line, or here at home.


An exhibition held in partnership with the Vintage Gramophone & Wireless Club of WA, Radiosonic! showcased radios and objects from both collections and told the story of the role that Wireless Hill played in the history of this loved form of communication. Radiosonic was accompanied by a series of free Sunday Radio Talks at Wireless Hill Museum.


John E. Maloney's exhibition Botanica is a collection of fine art photography, bringing to life the beautiful flowers which were first collected in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries around the Australian coast. Botanica was an Art on the Move touring exhibition.


The City of Melville, in partnership with the Morsecodians Fraternity of Western Australia proudly presented The Wire: A History of Morse Code at Wireless Hill Museum. Please view the Exhibition Booklet or flyer for more information.

Machines-and-Makers-Exhibition.jpgWireless Hill Museum, in partnership with Art On The Move, presented Machines & Makers − an exhibition displaying a healthy obsession for sewing machines, which captures the extraordinary history of a disruptive technology from the 19th Century that changed the world. Curated by Jude van der Merwe, the exhibition took us through the magic of creating stitch, texture and beauty, and reflects on the disposable clothing culture of the 21st Century.

The twelve artists’ various approaches were broadly grouped into three areas of investigation − the political, social and economic differences made by the inventions, many of which are seen through the lens of memory.

Image: Judith Forrest – Back Stitch: Decorating with needles (detail), 2016, oil on canvas.

Wireless-Hill-50-Years-50-Objects-Exhibition.jpg50 Years 50 Objects celebrated the 50th anniversary of the City of Melville, through an eclectic range of objects that were grouped together to tell their own stories, all in some way connected to the Melville story of the past 50 years.

The glorious age of the picture palaces in the early 20th Century signified an era of opulence, social interaction and entertainment in Perth which changed rapidly alongside an evolving city.

Silent film gave way to the talkies but the theatres remained, and adapted with the times. The Prince of Wales, The Hoyts Regent, The Capitol and The Ambassadors are all fondly remembered in this exhibition which pays tribute to not only the films of the era but also the vibrant architecture of the time.

Proudly curated in partnership with the Pictures in Motion Museum of Film and Television.

The exhibition Transmission celebrated the unique story of the VHF (Very High Frequency) Amateur Radio Club of WA, who have resided onsite at Wireless Hill Park since the 1972. Originally known as the Applecross Wireless Station, the site was formally opened in 1912, when telecommunications switched from underwater cable to the mast antenna, signalling the beginning of a new era in radio transmission and telecommunications.

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