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Busselton Museum in the Heritage Butter Factory

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Old Butter Factory Complex, Peel Terrace, Busselton WA 6280
  • No Pets
  • Non Smoking Establishment
  • Special exhibitions (galleries, museums etc)
  • Toilet
  • Walk to Town
  • Birdwatching
    Birdwatching
  • Child Friendly
    Child Friendly
  • Picnic Spot
    Picnic Spot
  • Rainy Day
    Rainy Day
  • Sunny Day
    Sunny Day

The Heritage Butter Factory and Busselton Museum has many display rooms packed with photographs, equipment and memorabilia which trace the family, social, civic, commercial and maritime history of Busselton. Everything from agriculture to whaling; from crockery, clocks and cameras to sewing machines, travel and transport are included.

The one-hectare site is nestled on the banks of the picturesque Vasse River. A replica of the Jetty Rotunda enhances the vista and the exhibits demonstrate Busselton’s diverse agricultural, forestry and maritime history. Special attention is focused on the famous 1920’s Group Settlement Scheme.

Owned by the State Government, through the Agricultural Department, this Butter Factory was opened in 1918. In 1926 South West Dairy Produce Co-operative became the owners and the name changed to Sunny West. Development of the Group Settlement Scheme in the area caused a great upsurge in production, as there were 735 farms in the Busselton district by 1926. Then came the Great Depression of the early 1930s, the 1939-45 war and the boom period which followed. This boom saw the factory reach peak production of about 30 tons of butter per week. Before the days of refrigeration, the factory also operated an Ice Works, supplying the town of Busselton and local fishermen with much sought after ice.

High overheads during the offseason coupled with more efficient road transport caused closure of this and several other factories. Operations were then centralised at Boyanup. Busselton ceased making butter in 1952. A dried milk plant was installed, but a slump in overseas markets made the process unprofitable and production stopped. The premises served as a depot for trucks and tankers until operations ceased altogether in 1973.

The building was vested in the Shire of Busselton which then leased part of it to the Busselton Historical Society.

The Museum opened in 1975 and is now run entirely by volunteers. Tuesdays are set aside for this willing band of workers who collect Busselton memorabilia, maintain the artefacts and build new displays.

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Google Reviews

11
Feb
2018
Definitely worth a visit! There's a lot to explore so make sure you give it Atleast an hour. Great to see the history and the volunteers there were very kind to make sure we saw everything :) would be a good outing for kids Nicole Sim
28
Jun
2018
Precious time capsule. The dedication of volunteers is commendable. Thank you for your hard work. Peter Ott
10
Mar
2018
Large range of artifacts and very helpful staff. 100 years old and still going strong! Thank you. Michelle O.
20
Mar
2018
Very interesting. The volunteers are friendly and helpful. Well worth a visit. Ali Fen
30
Jan
2018
Good to visit plenty of local history and old machinery plus includes a pottery gallery Glenn Russell
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