The Army Museum of Western Australia was established in 1977 and was originally located at Dilhorn House, a 19th century building located on Bulwer Street, Perth.
The museum was relocated to its current site at the Artillery Barracks site in Burt Street, Fremantle in 1995. The Barracks were constructed between 1910 and 1913 as the base for the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery, who manned the heavy artillery guns guarding the port of Fremantle. In 1914 with the commencement of World War I, the barracks were then used as hospital wards, firstly for sick recruits of the First Australian Imperial Force, then for the convalescing wounded from the West Front, a use which continued for a year after the war concluded. From 1948 onwards the barracks mainly served as a training venue for the Citizen Military Forces, which then became the Army Reserves. This entire precinct has been heritage listed with several of the buildings having historical significance. Each gallery reflects the Army in Western Australia and Western Australian's service within the army from the colonial period through to the present day. The site is currently the oldest continuously occupied defence site in Western Australia.
In 2000 the Museum was faced with the prospect of having to be relocated once... Read More