Chapman Valley History

The Chapman Valley Historical Society Museum focuses on the lives of early settlers

Caretaker Opportunity...

Are you interested in history? The Chapman Valley Historical Society is looking for a couple with a fully self-contained RV, who are willing to provide voluntary service to the Society, whilst enjoying a visit to the picturesque Chapman Valley area. Parking on site at the Museum is available. The couple would act as hosts and open the Museum for three hours, five days of the week.

Is this something you would like to do for a short time during the months of August, September or October? 

You can free camp in the grounds of a ‘Heritage Precinct’ at the small town of Nanson in the Shire of Chapman Valley, 30 kilometres from Geraldton, Western Australia. Volunteers from the Society open the Museum on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Stay for a few weeks or a month or even two. Explore the beautiful Chapman Valley area or head to the coast for a bit of fishing. The wildflowers and countryside will be a picture during these months.

For more details please contact the Secretary at

Download a copy of the Caretaker Guidelines and Agreement from HERE.

Collection Highlights ...

The Chapman Valley Historical Society Museum at Nanson was formed in 1982 and is set in the picturesque Shire of Chapman Valley north-east of Geraldton. 
The museum houses family histories, photos of pioneers, wedding photos, newspaper clippings, farming implements, household items and district memorabilia.
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Over 140 men from the Upper Chapman district served in World War 1 and 46 fell in the line of duty. During the Centenary of ANZAC 2014 to 2018, the Chapman Valley Historical Society erected a tribute to honour the fallen soldiers.
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On two walls within the museum, is the Timeline of the Chapman Valley District. This is the history and stories of the district, that provide an overview of the development and progress, since George Grey discovered the Chapman River in 1839 and named the district. 
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Museum Collection Overview ...

Upper Chapman Roads Board ...

Old Roads Board Upper Chapman

Read more about the Upper Chapman Roads Board which became the Chapman Valley museum HERE.

Visitors Comments...

This is a fantastic place of the past history. The best in the world.
Joe…Kenya, East Africa

A credit to everyone involved, fantastic displays. 
Maureen…Mt Magnet

Such an extensive collection for such a little town! Well done!
Anne & Mike…Bridgetown, WA

Excellent!! It is obvious the effort, hard work & hours put in by your group and commitment by all. So well done, Thank you.
Garry & Glenda…Brisbane, QLD