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Wireless Hill Museum

To ensure the health and safety of our community and our staff and in line with the directives of the WA Department of Health, we have made the difficult decision to close all Library facilities, Heathcote Museum and Gallery and Wireless Hill Museum from 12.00pm today Monday, 23 March 2020 in response to COVID-19.

We would like to thank you for your support over the last couple of weeks and encourage you to keep up to date on what the City is doing to respond to COVID-19 on our website.

Regrettably, the Wireless Hill Museum exhibition Transmission; a History of Amateur Radio in WA has been postponed until further notice.

We value the social and community benefit of staying connected with our community, and look forward to implementing some online interactive exhibition content, which will be accessed from our web page.

The exhibition Transmission celebrates 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, signaling the beginning of a new era in radio transmission and telecommunications.

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

 

Wireless Hill Museum is currently closed until further notice.

 

Contact Details

Phone:  9364 0158

Email:   wireless.hill@melville.wa.gov.au

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

Location

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.

Current Exhibition

'Transmission; the History of Amateur Radio in WA' has been postponed until further notice.

Events

Previous Exhibitions

A Centenary of Wireless Hill - September 2012

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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: Melville’s War Stories

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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.

Radiosonic! The First 50 Years of the Wireless and Gramophone in WA - 15 May to 31 Aug 2016

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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.

Botanica - 25 September to 18 December 2016

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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 Wire: A History of Morse Code - 19 February to 29 October 2017

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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 & Makers - 10 November 2017 to 11 February 2018

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.

50 Years 50 Objects - 25 February 2018 to 16 December 2018

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 Picture Places of Perth

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.

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