News and Events


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Our future events, indeed all of our activities, are limited by the support we are able to gather from members and other sources.  Of course, we work closely with management of Donnelly River Village and they have been kind enough to support our work through storage of some of our materials and provision of a space for a Museum in the old Primary School building.  Our membership form for new or renewal is found under the header Membership.

We are keen to welcome new members and need a wide range of skills, not limited to: Carpentry, metal work, electrical work, welding, plumbing, cleaning, website, administration, trail development (mapping), experience with grant applications, historical research, interviews, publicity, media, cataloguing our museum collections and photographs…. Just joining our group through a formal membership gives us extra moral and financial support for our projects and in our application for Grant Funding.

Cottage 23compTypical Worker’s Cottage – now used for holiday accommodation.





Milltown Days: Women at the Donnelly – 2pm to 4pm, Saturday 13 May 2017 – An event is part of the Australian Heritage Festival – See the attached flyer: Celebrating Women May 2017 final 22022017 for full details.

Planned Official Opening of the Friends of Donnelly Village Museum.- 11am – 2pm, Sunday 17th September 2017, at
The Friends of Donnelly Village Museum
The Old School, Carey Road
Donnelly River Village
(Cnr Andrew and Sears Road Donnelly River 6258)

In collaboration with Donnelly Village, the Friends of Donnelly Village have established a small museum in the old Primary School building.  The museum is already operating, but is in its infancy.  Guests and visitors to the village can request access to the museum at the Donnelly Village General Store (Daily 9 am to 4pm).  We welcome gifts to the museum that are related to the Donnelly Village, the Donnelly Mill or the surrounding forest heritage.  Gifts can be physical objects, stories or photographs.  We will not usually accept items on loan.  Please e-mail if you have items to gift or other questions about the Friends of Donnelly Village.

Currently Unscheduled – The Friends of Donnelly Village are keen to help establish some walking and cycling trails around the village.  Our early thinking is to develop a wide range of trails for walking and / or mountain bikes of different lengths and grades that offer an outdoor experience catered to varied fitness levels and capabilities, but also offer an insight into the heritage of the area.  Please contact if you love walking or cycling and are passionate about this potential project.  We will also need people with grant applications skills, mapping skills, project management skills, liaison skills….. you get the idea!

Swimming dam compSwimming Dam – Donnelly River Village

July 2016 – the Friends Of Donnelly Village launched website

March 2016 – Donnelly River Village wins Western Australian State Heritage Award.

The Friends of Donnelly Village would like to congratulate Donnelly River Village in winning the

WA State Heritage Awards for 2016 in the ‘Public or Private Organisation’ Category.  Please note – this award is not recognising The Friends of Donnelly Village.  The work done by the owners of Donnelly Village to preserve the heritage of the village, it is of course close to our hearts.

2015 – Donnelly River Village agree to provide space for a museum for the Friends of Donnelly Village to display historical materials associated with the village.  Although not yet officially opened, the room has been painted by members and already has a number of interesting displays.  The museum has no staffing, but interested visitors are able to request access through the General Store, which is open 7 days a week.  The primary school building also has a number of interpretative signs about the history on the veranda that can be seen any time.  FODV are keen to expand our collection of materials for display (photographs, stories, artefacts, Mill related tools, etc).  FODV require any materials suitable for the museum are donated to the FODV.  We are not able to provide storage or security / insurance for loaned items.

3 August 2013 – Donnelly River Village hosted a reunion of previous residents in collaboration with an organising group that was first known as “The Donnelly River History Group”, but later became the Friends of Donnelly Village Inc.  The day included a series of events in the Workers Club.  A catered lunch was provided and the event provided a chance to reminisce.

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Previous residents at the reunion day – taken outside the Workers Club August 2013

Early 2012 – The Donnelly River History Group takes shape and gradually becomes the Friends of Donnelly Village.