The Cervantes Historical Society Inc. was formed in 2000. The actual town of Cervantes was Gazetted in 1963 after a large number of fishermen had made it their home.
There is a large collection of photos of the early settlement and fishing industry from the mid 1950’s, also memorabilia, artefacts and personal letters which outline their life style and hardships. Shipwrecks in the area have been identified and recorded.
With a membership of approximately 25, including 2 life members, meetings are held monthly. All are busy recording the collection and making up local information brochures which are printed and distributed to the district’s visitor centres. These outline local historical tourist attractions and include a Tourist trail which leads visitors to art sculptures and many local items of interest within the town area.
In 2021 the Shire of Dandaragan obtained the lease on a vacant building for the Society to establish a museum. With assistance from the Cervantes Community Men’s Shed, some refurbishment and transport of items was achieved and the Museum is now open for business on Saturdays and Sundays.
Each year activities are held in conjunction with Cervantes Primary School, culminating with book awards at the end of the year.
Places of interest: The Pinnacles. Lake Thetis. Hansen Bay Lookout, Sculptures designed by local organisations, and the anchor retrieved from the wreck “Europa”
Publications: Cervantes 50th Anniversary newspaper; Re-print of Nambung Here We Come by Alf Passfields.