Right in the heart of the city, the former Paisley Centre building has been painstakingly restored, with assistance from Lotterywest, as a vision for the new museum was adopted by the council, and a collection developed.
The building was started as a school in 1886 and named after a longstanding head teacher and community leader, Mr Thomas Paisley. It’s also been a trade training centre, visitor centre, theatre and restaurant and dance studios. The building is now state heritage-listed and has been beautifully restored by the City of Bunbury with Lotterywest, with a successful community fundraising campaign supporting a high standard of fitout. A new roof, floor, cabling, and damp treatments were combined with the removal of concrete and inappropriate fixtures and fittings, giving the building a new lease of life and a focal role for the community.
The stories of the building, the schoolchildren, artists and performers who have brought it to life are told in an interactive display for all ages to enjoy.
The stories range from architectural history to the playgrounds, including barefoot scholars, getting the cane, and the horrors of having to drink warm milk.