Highbury is a small town located between Narrogin and Wagin on the Great Southern Highway.
It was originally named Wolwolling after Wolwolling Pool, 7km south east of the town.
It started life as a railway siding and was gazetted in 1905. Locals were not happy with the name and proposed to call it either
Linton, Highbury or Scottdale. Linton was apparently the favoured name but somehow it became Huighbury in 1906. Possibly because the
locality of Lynton already existed in the Mid-West.
Highbury is named after a suburb in London, England.
A school was established in 1904 and (with some upgrades) continued to operate until 1946. The first school operated in what was locally called
'The Cathederal'. A mud hut with a thatched roof that was both the school and a church. A weather board structure was built on Block 28 of the Townsite
the following year.
In 1924 it was noted that the teacher's accommodation was inadequate but it took until 1933 for anything to be done about it. When the school closed, the building was removed
but the teacher's residence remained and became a private dwelling in 1958.
Two years earlier a store was built and that was rebuilt in 1945. That building continues to operate today. The Highbury Hotel was built in 1904
but has now been renamed the Highbury Tavern.
A hall was built on the corner of Wilson and Burley Streets in 1906 and apart from some patched cracks in the walls, is still looking in reasonable shape.
The first upgrade to the hall was done in 1914 and in 1957 the kitchen was renovated and a new floor installed.
C.B.H. built a pig-pen type of wheat bin in 1933 and upgraded the facility in 1963.
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State : Roe
Federal : O'Connor
Postcode : 6013
Website : Shire of Narrogin
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