In the wheatbelt, about 161km north-east of Perth, the little town of Dowerin is best known for its annual agricultural machinery field days, when the town’s population has been known to balloon from three or four hundred to more than 15,000.
Just why more than 400 exhibitors bring millions of dollars worth of machinery and other knick-knacks all the way out here once a year is a bit of a mystery, but the crowds keep returning every August.
Otherwise, Dowerin is a quiet little place servicing the needs of surrounding wheat and sheep farmers, although there was a time, during the gold rush days when Coolgardie was at the centre of the universe, and Dowerin flourished from the spending of prospectors who stopped off on their way to the goldfields.
The little museum in town features displays highlighting farming life around here in the 1920s and 1930s. A town house with pressed tin walls, the museum also features period furniture and fittings and an interesting display of women’s underwear and old swimming costumes.