Cervantes Historical Society
|Hon. President||Marilyn Gazeley|
|Hon. Secretary||Opal Wilkins|
|Hon. Treasurer||Margaret Stewart|
Cervantes Historical Society Inc.
|Phone||0458 668 178 (Pres.) (08) 9652 7084 (Sec.) 0407 986 914 (Treas.)|
The Cervantes Historical Society Inc. was formed in 2000. The actual town of Cervantes was Gazetted in 1963 after a large number of fishermen had made it their home.
We have a large collection of photos of the early settlement and fishing industry from the mid 1950's, also memorabilia, artefacts and personal letters which outlines their life style and hardships. Shipwrecks in the area have been identified and recorded. All the collection is at present kept in private homes. A Museum has always been our long term goal so we are now faced with considerable fund raising.
We have a President, Secretary, Treasurer, 2 Life Members and 18 volunteer members meeting monthly. All are busy recording the collection and making up local information brochures which are printed and distributed to the district’s visitor centres. These outline local historical tourist attractions and include a Tourist trail which leads visitors to art sculptures and many local items of interest within the town area.
We hold an annual exhibition of our collection each year and visit the local school during Museum week to encourage the children to be aware of their history. Cervantes hosted a successful Mid-West Chapter meeting in 2015. A Cervantes Historical Facebook site has been created and we have offered to hold the 2018 State History Conference.
Places of interest: The Pinnacles. Lake Thetis. Hansen Bay Lookout, Sculptures designed by local organisations, and Anchor retrieved from the wreck "Europa"
Publications: Cervantes 50th Anniversary newspaper; Re-print of Nambung Here we Come by Alf Passfields.