Cottonwood Tree (from bus).
The 13 room homestead has been preserved and reflects the life over a 100 year period.
The external kitchen house.
Chinese cook's bedroom.
Primitive, rustic living.
Gardener's bedroom off kitchen porch.
Two story barn and stable.
Loretta Wright, our guide, chief curator and historian for over 20 years.
Each of the 13 homestead rooms reflects the over 100 year history of Oakabella.
Oakabella Homestead established in 1850 between Geraldton and Northampton.
Burnt Barrel Brew BBQ imported a Kansas City smoker for their "barby".
Burnt Barrel in the Chapman Valley is a family barbeque and microbrewery business.
HMAS Sydney Memorial honors the 645 Australian sailors who lost their lives in WWII battle with HSK Kormoran. It is a circular plan symbolising totality, wholeness, infinity and eternity.
The centerpiece is The Santuary. The seven pillars symbolize the joining of heaven and earth. The dome is made of 645 stainless steel gulls, representing those lost.
The circular granite Sanctuary Floor or Podium with graphic images of ship's prow and the silver gull motif. Ship's propeller serves as a ceremonia.
The Stele is based on the historical symbolism of Standing Stones as grave markers. This single, dramatic marker is visible from miles around.
The Waiitng Woman leans into the wind, frozen in time and gazes on the horizon. She is the all encompassing "Waiting Woman" grieving for her menfolk.
This water feature is a sunken grave representing the sea.
Black Granite semi-circular walls engraved with the names of the 645 men lost.
The walls represent the encricling arms of the Nation welcoming it's lost loved ones.