A lifetime of working with wood and a passion for collecting has resulted in the creation of the Featured Wood Gallery and Museum in Australind.
The museum is a labour of love for owner John Ablett, who has spent more than 25 years gathering an eclectic collection of antique, heritage and other collectibles from Australia and around the world.
The museum exhibits – arranged in a tableau style – are built around seven themes, starting with the Ablett family’s woodworking heritage. John Ablett’s family arrived in Australia in the 1840s, producing four generations of carpenters and joiners.
The newest display is on the Gallipoli campaign, which included members of the Western Australia 10th Light Horse.
Local Noongars have provided input and advice on a large Aboriginal display depicting their 50,000 year old culture in the region.
The diorama on Ned Kelly and his gang, Australia’s best-known bushrangers, features a replica of Ned’s famous steel armour which visitors are invited to try on.
The international display of The North American Great Plains tribes includes a full-size tipi, as well as chiefs in full headdress. Displays also depict the American Civil War and the history of the American West.
The old Bunbury Jetty exhibit rounds out the experience. The Jetty played a major part in exporting timber and wool around the world.