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Published June 7th 2012
So I had had a beautiful lunch with my wife and her sister's family at Salt Dish in Geraldton, and what a wonderful experience that was too.

We had paid the bill and were sort of mingling outside discussing what we were up to next, as we had arrived in three separate cars we were all going in different directions, when my six year old niece piped up and asked "Can I go with you, Uncle Jack?"
I was more than a little surprised as a year earlier, this beautiful young lady would barely have a bar of me and now she wanted to go wherever the wind might blow me. I was both chuffed and most delighted to have her company, as she is as gorgeous on the inside as she is out.

Before we got too far however, I discovered I had a screw in my front tyre, not something I was too pleased about at 1:30 on a Saturday afternoon in a country town, with a 400K drive home in a couple of days. Suddenly, my first priority was to find a repair shop, unfortunately we never did find one, but luck has stayed with us as the screw is still there, keeping the air right where we want it.

Not being able to do anything about the problem, we turned our attention back to what to do with ourselves for the afternoon, the answer came upon us as we ventured about town looking for the repair shop we could not find, instead we happened upon the Geraldton Museum, a place I had visited before, but was keen to revisit.

Bi-Plane hanging from ceiling

Whilst many museums can appear dark, dusty and a little antiquated, this museum is fresh and new, with bright and interesting exhibits which convey the story of the Midwest region, its glorious past, exhilarating present and gives a glimpse of Geraldton's exciting future, it really has been beautifully thought out and presented.

There is no actual charge to visit this museum, however a donation of $5.00 is suggested, and this is left entirely up to the visitor, I was more than happy to part with five dollars. Eddie, had been here before too, I was to learn, as she excitedly told me about an activity the museum provided for children, as we were entering. Sure enough the moment we entered she was offer the opportunity to take part in a seek and find activity, for the grand sum of two dollars, a bargain on anyone's budget.

Eddie was kitted out with a clipboard, pencil and supplied a double sided sheet of paper which had numerous photo snippets taken from exhibits throughout the museum, she was then shown a copy of a symbol that was the visual clue as to where to look to try and find where the photo snippets had originated, once found she had to tick them off on the sheet provided.

Mr Bones Jangle with Eddie

It was not long before the first symbol was spotted and the photo of a skeletal hand was matched to part of the exhibit known as Mr Bones Jangle, we had made a start and we were being drawn further and further into the depths of the lives and times of era's gone by, the lives of the Indigenous and the Pioneer Settlers, stories of the rabbit proof fence, and of the architect John Hawes who was ordained as an Anglican priest, then later converted to Catholicism and ordained as a Catholic priest before being sent to Geraldton by Pope Benedict XV. John Hawes built Geraldton's beautiful St Francis Xavier Cathedral, the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Mullewa and Nazareth House to name a few of his creations.

Tribute to Geraldton and WA Football Legend Chris Mainwaring

Wedge-tail Eagle with his lunch

There are splendid exhibits of the local fauna and flora, a striking big red kangaroo stands well over six feet tall, various sea birds and hunting birds, snakes, lizards and spiders too, tributes to heroes of war and of football greats, the local industries fishing, mining, graziers and tourism are all well represented. But for me, the best of all are the extensive archival exhibits of relics recovered from the shipwrecks of the Batavia, Gilt Dragon, Zuytdorp, and Zeewijk, beautifully preserved and displayed in a darkened room accessed by a small foot bridge, this section has to be seen to be truly appreciated, it is a wonderful part of the museum.

The actual stone arch recovered from the Batavia

Cannon from the Gilt Dragon

Part of the cray fishing exhibit

Having found and marked off all the items on her list, we made for our exit, but not before Eddie proudly handed in her completed assignment, she was rewarded with another activity for her to complete at home, something to encourage her to return, but this museum is such a joy to visit that really not a lot of encouragement is required.

Happy now the activity is complete
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Why? A very interesting place to visit, beautiful exhibits
When: Open 7 days per week
Where: 2 Museum Place, Geraldton
Cost: Free Entry. Suggested donation $5
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