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Australind (click here for a short video)

AUSTRALIND

 

HEMA Map reference 73/G9

 

33 16' 54" S 115 43' 33" E

 

 

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Statistics

 

Km from Perth

165

Population

10,000

Rainfall

870mm (115)

Max Temp

21.7C (40.9)

Min Temp

11.4C (0.3)

Autogas

Available

Telecentre

 

 

Caravan Parks

 

Leschenault (R)         

 

08 9797 1095

Tourist Park           

08 9725 1206

 

Services

 

Police

 08 9797 0222

Visitor Centre

08 9796 0102

SES

 08 9797 2451

 

Attractions

 

Estuary, Beaches.

 

Buildings of note

 

St. Nicholas, Henton cottage, Upton house.

 

Calendar Of Events

 

January: Australia Day breakfast. April: Autumn carnival. December: Carols by candle light.

 

Australind

Sunset at Australind

Australind

Leschenault Estuary

Australind

 

Australind

Collie River

Australind

Inside Henton Cottage

 

Collectables and antiques at reasonable prices as well as a visitor information service are available in Henton Cottage.

 

 

Description

 

The area was originally known as Port Leschenault but the name of Australind was adopted after a plan to sell horses to the Indian army. (AUSTRALia-INDia). It was first settled in 1840-1 and only a year after settlement started there were 440 people in the area. By 1843 the area had been abandoned. A settler's wife gave an apt description of life at the time.

She wrote: "rain falling like torrents all evening; our tent in a sad state of wet; thunder and lightning soon come on; rain such as no one can imagine… No future settlers can suffer what we do; for when others come they will find things made for them and our experience available. Friends in England should be made acquainted with the dangers of this Australian coast in this season. A fatal grievance prevails on the point and I feel horrified to think of people blindly coming out at any time of year, to be exposed to such awful weather as this."

Looking at the lovely estuary today it is very hard indeed to imagine just how hard it was for the early settlers.
Marshall Waller Clifton (the driving force behind the settlement of the area) had taken cuttings from fig trees in Tenerife. The ship he was on (the Parkfield) had been caught in a storm and called in to the island for shelter. The cuttings were planted in Australind and were still to be seen in the 1950s. We are unsure if they have survived into the 21st century.
 

The Western Australian Company that employed Clifton was unlucky in one respect and that was because Governor Hutt mistakenly revoked the title to their grant and caused investors in London to begin pulling out. Hutt had believed that the grant was one that was to have been developed within ten years of the initial grant being made. It was in fact one of the early grants that had 21 years for development. By the time this had been sorted out too many people in London had lost confidence in the scheme. Clifton was dismissed from his position in 1843. Even though the scheme collapsed, it had brought 476 badly needed new settlers to the colony.


Situated just north of Bunbury, Australind is bordered on the south by the Collie River and on the west by the Leschenault Inlet. It is a much more pleasant place to stay than
Bunbury.

As Bunbury expands, Australind will soon be swallowed up by urban sprawl, becoming just another suburb of the main town. As it currently lies within the boundary of the Shire of
Harvey it will be interesting in future years to see if there is a political squabble over who gets to administer the town.

The Leschenault Inlet is most attractive but warning signs have been placed along the banks telling people to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, as the
Ross River Virus is now present in the area. The waters of the inlet are quite shallow in most places and crabs can be caught from December to March. Fishing in the inlet is not usually met with great success as the waters are very shallow and discourage larger fish from coming in.

St Nicholas Church
This church is reputed to be the smallest in Australia and was originally built as a workman's cottage. It was constructed in 1848 and is one of the few surviving buildings from the original settlement.

Henton Cottage
Close to St. Nicholas is Henton Cottage which was built in 1841.

Upton House
This two storey house was constructed in 1847. It lies at the junction of Upton Place and the Old Bunbury Road. This was the residence of the Commissioner of the area (
Marshall Waller Clifton) but there were very few settlers left to govern by the time the materials were shipped from England and construction was completed. Australind's settlement plan was abandoned in 1875.

Clifton lived on in Australind and died at the age of 73.

 

 

 

 

 

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