Chapman Valley History

The Clarrie Milne Collection in the Vaughan Sheilds Shed

Please check our Facebook page for current opening hours


A selection of displays at the Chapman Valley Historical Society Museum

Rugby truck

1928 Rugby truck

Bought from the Geraldton Show, 28 September 1928 and used on the Wilton farm at East Yuna.

The Rugby was a brand of automobile assembled by Durant Motors Company of New York City, New York (USA)



horse drawn buggy

The number plate on the buggy is of special interest. They were released in 1923/1924 and were for buggy’s that were for hire. This is one of only 4 that is known in Western Australia. The buggy was used by the Murphy Bros. at Red Hill farm.



Mail Bag

roadside mail bag

Mail delivered by Yuna Mail was left in these bags in drums by the farmers gate.


Ted Porter Cottage


Built around 1920 when the Upper Chapman Road Board was in a position to employ an assistant Shire Clerk.  Ted Porter was the young man who was employed by the Road Board and was the first employee to live in the cottage.  It is very small and Ted only slept and had his breakfast there.  Mrs Ella Murphy from Nanson, provided him with an evening meal.  Over the years many people have made the cottage their home for a short time. 


WWI Fallen Soldiers tribute

2014-2018 Centennary of Anzac Project. Commemorating 100 years since our countries involvement in WWI. The tribute honours the 42 soldiers from the Upper Chapman District (now Chapman Valley) who lost their lives during the war.


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.  

High Chair 1950s

1940 Child's high chair

 The wooden high chair was purchased by the Heinrich family in the 1940’s and was used by Merv & Phyllis Heinrich for their six children and later for some of the grandchildren.


Humble wool press

humble & Sons wool press

The Ferrier wool presses were manufactured by Humble & 
Nicholson and later by Humble & Sons in Geelong, Victoria, from about 1860’s to 1933 when the business went out of family hands. Many farms and stations in the district used one of these.


Switchboard at Chapman Valley museum

1930-40's Telephone switchboard

This Nanson telephone switchboard was operated by Mrs Eileen Wilton. A telecommunications system used to interconnect circuits of telephones to establish telephone calls between users.