Museum

Warooka & Districts Museum

The Museum is housed in the original Warooka Police Station. The first Trooper, J.P.Dowling, arrived with his dray load of supplies in February 1879. The two front rooms were built in 1883, but the “moveable cell” and rear four rooms had been built before that. Unfortunately not much is known of the building as a police station, however reference to the existing constabulary is often seen in snippets such as the following: After the Warooka Sports of 1901 an evening concert was held in the Institute, attracting a large crowd. It was reported in the local paper that “the presence of a Police Officer had a salutary effect on the gallery element, the trooper’s statement that ‘You pay to come in, but you can go out for nothing’, nipping incipient rowdyism in the bud”. The station closed in 1924, and was used as a private residence until 1980 when it was purchased by the Warooka Historical and Museum Society, a volunteer group, and the building has been restored by voluntary labour. Most of the exhibits have been donated by the people of the district. A successful grant application and the tireless dedicated work of Gerry Hough, the then Clerk of the Warooka District Council, plus many hours of fundraising made the purchase possible. Funds for the maintenance of the building were raised primarily by the introduction of the Warooka Art & Craft Fair in 1981, held for many years in the Warooka Memorial Hall. In 2016 the Warooka Progress Association Inc. received transfer of ownership from the Yorke Peninsula Council.