Arrivals & Departures Step back in time at Kimberley hotels

Photo of Gemma Nisbet

Old photographs, antique mining tools, water buffalo horns and even a camel cart are among the objects on display at a new exhibit at two hotels in Western Australia's far north. 

Get a glimpse into the history of the Kimberley with new historic displays at Hotel Kununurra and the Kimberley Hotel Halls Creek. 

Featuring old photographs and artefacts from the region, the permanent displays include antique mining tools, water buffalo horns, draft horse collars and a camel cart. 

"The historical displays offer patrons a unique glimpse of our region's colourful past and preserves the rich, local history, culture and stories of our people and our places," says Justin Wiebrecht from Kimberley Accommodation Group, which owns the two hotels. 

"It is the perfect place to drop in for a beer and discover the rich history behind these iconic Kimberley towns – it’s like stepping back into a bygone era."

Covering several walls, bars, common rooms and reception areas in both hotels, the exhibition was curated by Mark Venables, director of Flametree Creative, which previously curated a historical display at Matso's Broome Brewery.  

“We have researched and sourced an eclectic gallery of historic images from both of the North West towns and surrounds, as well as a host of relevant artefacts and memorabilia, to create a colourful visual display for the interiors of the Kimberley hotels that will no doubt encourage robust conversation over a drink," Mr Venables says. 

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