This large mural adorns the side wall of the Museums machinery shed. It represents Sam Hopes wheelwright and blacksmiths shop that he ran with his sons. They were responsible for all the local repairs and also built wagons which were bought from as far as the Kimberley. There is a register which shows who the two local artists are as well as a few of the local residents and school children who helped.
Painted as part of the ‘Painted Road’ Project.
In the little park at the foot of the hills there is a board with G.J. Gooch’s Memoirs. It begins “Tis good once more to climb the hill, and watch the Lockier flow, and meditate on happy days, of thirty years ago.” Gooch was an early settler who owned Wandagee Station.
Once you have managed to get to the top, and my climb was on a stinking hot day, the view is great. If you are there during the wildflowers season, you will see yellow pom poms and even orchids flowering.
Mingenew Hill overlooks the town and surrounding areas of the Irwin Valley. Not exactly the easiest of climbs but at the same time, its not too steep. Don’t attempt it if you have disabilities and there is little assistance and its only in the initial stages.
The old Mingenew railway station was built in 1894 from local stone. The Midland Railway line first ran through the town in the same year. Some of the old station and residence was torn down in 1974 but the rest of the building is now used by the Mingenew Art & Craft group.
In the centre of Cecil Newton Park, a small park on the mail road through the town is this hug Wheat Stalk Sculpture. The local’s nickname it ‘Big Ears’. It is significant of the local industry in wheat farming and its importance to the local economy.
The local tourist centre is run by volunteers is housed in the Post Office building. The centre is only open during the wildflower season (late winter and spring). During this time you can obtain maps and information but outside of this time, you can ask the Shire Office or Post Office.
On the main streets is this rather attractive bus shelter. It has been decorated by the local painting group with gum trees, wildflowers and windmills. The group is made up of talented local artists who exhibit their paintings each year and the Mingenew Expo.
This quirky mural is on the side of the Tennis Club. Apparently emus used to be in abundance in the area at one time. There is an amusing story in the town which tells of a band of emu’s who used to whack firmly rolled-up grass to each other with mallee sticks. They even reckon that the ghosts of these emus can be seen on the green courts.
There are a series of 5 murals which are painted on the side of the Town Hall. These were painted for the 1994 Centenary by members of the Mingenew and local school children. They were designed by Ernie Turpin with the towns history in their depiction.
The Droving mural can be seen on a building on the corner of Midlands Road and Victoria Street. It shows drovers herding long horn cattle over barren looking land and across the Lockier River during the late 1800’s or early 1900’s.
There are a number of wonderful murals painted throughout the town. This is part of the "Painted Road” project. There are strict guidelines associated with the designing and painting of these murals. All the paint is donated by paint manufacturer Dulux. All the colours are documented in case they need touching up..
The museum has on display a typical collection of local pioneering equipment and other memorabilia depicting early life in the town from the 1850’s.
The Mingenew museum has taken residence in the old Primary school which operated from 1894 – 1960. The museum is run by volunteers who are happy to show you around.
The current Expo office is housed in the Roads Board Office which ws built in 1905. In September each year, Mingenew has a huge regional agricultural field day. This Expo is run by the Lions.