Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11am - 2pm (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
If you book into the Discovery Centre and intend to do a tour, you will be charged the difference in admission price upon arrival.
Explore J Ward and Aradale's collection of documents, photographs, documentaries and newsletters ranging from the 1860s to 1993 and beyond.
Examples of content currently available for viewing include:
Physical records are also available for viewing.
All records made available are subject to the Friends of J Ward Records Policy (see below).
With new content being added regularly, there is always fresh content to explore. Our friendly volunteers will provide you with assistance in searching our catalogue.
Adults $5, kids under 16 free. Coffee, tea and soft drink is included in the price of admission.
Warning about distressing information
Numerous records relating to both J Ward and Aradale contain content that some may find distressing. Records may contain reference to previous policies, views and established practices which are outdated and do not reflect the current views of Friends of J Ward Inc.
This policy is guided by the Public Records Act 1973.
Friends of J Ward Inc (FOJW) supports open and transparent access to records.
FOJW closes access to ‘personal or private’ records to prevent the violation of personal privacy which is generally for a person’s lifetime.
Closure of records does not preclude the public from gaining access under the Freedom of Information Act.
For more information on this policy, please Contact Us.