(C) Don Copley
HEMA Map reference 74/C6
31 38' 17" S 117 42' 47" E
Gardner Nature Reserve (35km south west), Mt Caroline, Folk museum, Milligan homestead, Mt Stirling, Kokerbin hill 20km south), Kellerberrin Lookout, Wildflowers in spring. Town heritage trail, Durakoppin Reserve (27km north).
Buildings of note
Former agricultural hall 1890, Post office 1912.
Calendar of events
March, Aboriginal cultural festival. April (biennial): Dreaming festival. May, Harness Racing Cup. September, Agricultural show, Kellerberrin & Districts Club Day.
(C) Don Copley
The area was first visited by Robert Dale who led an exploratory party inland from York in the 1830. Charles Hunt was later commissioned by the government to sink wells in the area and during his travels he discovered and named Killaberrin hill. From 1861 pastoralists moved in to the district. (Another source says the name Killaburnin was used by an explorer in 1861 and that C. C. Hunt used the name Kellerberrin in 1864.)
Among the earliest settlers were : Massingham, Leake, Sewell and Ripper. By 1877 these families had established the properties of Cuttening, Milligan, Mooranoppin and Mt Caroline.
found gold while sinking a well in the area and a prospecting party was
quickly formed to examine his land for more signs but none was found. The
party decided to move further out towards the Yilgarn hills (Yilgarn is the
Aboriginal name for white quartz.) The leader of the party (Colreavy)
reported back to Perth that there was no evidence of gold but as soon as his
services were terminated he and a mate provisioned themselves and quickly
went back to the same area.
(C) Max Jefferies