From Hooves to Highways: The Motor Car in Western Australia

In 1905, a small group of Perth’s early motorists - movers and shakers, gathered to form the Automobile Club of Western Australia. The Club had a grand vision: to foster ‘automobilism’ in Western Australia, and lay the foundation for the evolution of motoring. The path was neither easy nor direct.

The Museum of Perth’s latest exhibition, From Hooves to Highways, looks back to a fascinating window of time when cars first appeared on our roads and begun vying for space with horses, trams, pedestrians and cyclists.

A small group of pioneering motorists formed the Automobile Club of Western Australia, to lobby the State Government and local Councils for improved road conditions. New industries rose up to support the growing number of motorists, while farriers and stable hands found themselves increasingly out of work.

Visit the Museum of Perth to learn more about these key identities who helped to shape our city at the turn of the century, and to see our fascinating collection of photographs and memorabilia as well as a 1905 De Dion Bouton Motor Car on loan from the Museum of Western Australia.

Visitors will be able to pick up a copy of our 36 page commemorative exhibition coffee table book, while visiting the Art Deco Atlas Building, head quarters of the Museum of Perth.

Event dates

Event Details

Museum of Perth (ground floor), 8-10 The Esplanade, Perth, WA

Cnr of Sherwood Court, opp Elizabeth Quay



Entry fees:
By donation
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
The Museum of Perth's gallery is not currently wheelchair accessible pending renovations