Dongara / Denison

 

 

DONGARA / DENISON

 

HEMA Map reference 76/G3

 

GPS 29 14 59 S 114 55 37 E

 

 

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

359 Km

Population

1352

Average Rainfall

456.8mm

Mean Max Temp

27.2C

Mean Min Temp

13.8C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9955 9300

Fire and Rescue

08 9927 1073

Medical

08 9927 0200

Visitor Centre

08 9927 1404

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Seaspray Beach

08 9927 1165

Old Mill

08 9927 1434

Leander Reef

08 9927 1840

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B and B

Hotel / Motel

 

08 9927 1023

Old Mill Motel

 

08 9927 1200

Lazy Lobster

 

08 9927 2177

Holiday Units

 

08 9927 1104

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

 

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

Dongara is located on the Brand Highway about 50 km south of Geraldton.

 

One of the main reasons many people visit Dongara is fishing and good catches of tailor, snapper, whiting and dhufish are taken regularly in season.

 

You can visit Russ cottage which was once the home of the Dent family whose child was the first born white baby in W.A.

 

There is a good scenic lookout at Port Denison that has good views of the Harbour. The Irwin River is another scenic attraction.

 

The Indian Ocean Drive (south of town) is now the preferred route for most travellers as it follows the coast and includes a useful campsite a Cliff Head.

 

The 'lobster' industry.

 

The industry started in the early 1950s when there was no thought of regulation. Crayfish (they are crayfish not lobster) were of little value and sold for as little as 3 shillings a dozen. The reason they were re-named 'lobster' was for the American market where it was feared they would be confused with crawfish.

 

Transporting the 'lobsters' was also a problem but some were sent down to Perth for the restaurant trade.

 

A processing factory started in 1959 and in the following decade frozen lobster tails were exported. From there the trade developed into live lobster exports and today it is one of the state's major fisheries.

 

HISTORY

 

An expedition led by Lt. George Grey passed through the area in 1839, during their trek south to Perth after being shipwrecked. He discovered and named the Irwin River after Major F. Irwin who was commandant of the Swan River Settlement.

 

Coal was discovered in the area in 1845. More recently oil and natural gas have also been discovered. Cray fishing is an important industry as well.

 

The area was settled in 1850 and the town site was surveyed in 1852 (another source quotes 1871 and another quotes 1873 but 1871 was the year the Road Board was formed). The name seems to have come from the Aboriginal word 'Dhungarra' or 'Thungarra' which means 'meeting place of seals.' (Port Denison was named after William Thomas Denison who was Governor of both Tasmania and New South Wales.)

 

In 1865 a flour mill was built to process the local crops and a year later a jetty was constructed to ship the produce out.

 

The giant Moreton Bay fig trees which line Moreton Tce. were planted in 1906 at a cost of 16 shillings and 4 pence.

 

Originally the name was spelled 'Dongarra' but in 1944 this was changed to the current spelling.

 

For more information visit the Irwin District Historical Society.

 

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ATTRACTIONS

 

Old flour mill, Russ Cottage 10am-12pm on Sundays, Old East End, Old Police Station, Fisherman's Lookout, South Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Cliff Head North, Freshwater, Irwin River nature trail, Heritage trail.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Priory Lodge 1881, Royal Steam roller flour mill 1894, Russ cottage 1868, Old police station and court house 1870, St. John church 1884.

 

FAMOUS SONS AND DAUGHTERS

 

Sir David Brand, 19th Premier of Western Australia
Carmen Lawrence, 25th Premier of Western Australia

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Moore

Federal : Durack

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6525

Local Government : Shire of Irwin

 

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