Published on: 9 May 2018

An excursion to the Mundaring Weir this week saw our Year 5s explore one of Australia’s most significant industrial heritage sites.

The No 1 Pump Station, which stands at the foot of Mundaring Weir and the first of an original eight steam pump stations in Western Australia, offered the Year 5 boys an opportunity to view the internal workings of the pump station up close and learn about its history.

“My favourite part of the excursion was looking at the steam generators and the machinery,” commented Fedor Alfimov.

Other key highlights of the excursion included a walk above the Mundaring Weir, panning for gold, and an opportunity for the boys to walk up the dam wall.

The excursion related to the Year 5s current learnings of the Swan River settlement and was a precursor to their studies on the gold rush, in particular, how the pipeline provided water and facilitated the prosperity that was to come from the goldfields.