Mangowine homestead is located between Mukinbudin to the north east and Kununoppin to the south west.
The property was settled by Charles and Jane Adams in 1875 with the first cottage being erected by the following year.
The property was on a route from the more settled areas to the goldfields and in 1889, a license was granted for a wayside inn which then catered for the needs of passing travellers.
In 1893 the railway to Merredin was completed and from then on there were fewer people passing through Mangowine.
With less work to do Charles took up prospecting himself but unfortunately died of a heart attack at Norkaning. His body was brought back to Mangowine where he was buried. Charles was only 49 years old.
Jane remained at Mangowine and the Civil Servants Re-settlement Scheme of 1909 saw more people entering the area again.
Jane supplied meat, vegetables, fruit, milk and eggs to the new settlers and she lived on the property lived until her death in 1934.
The property remained in the family until 1968 when one of Jane's grandchildren, Olive Warwick, gifted the property to the National Trust.
Restoration began in 1970 and the homestead was opened to the public in 1973.
The caretaker's cottage, public toilet and the CWA building were all additions to the property.
Despite the name, this place has nothing to do with either mangoes or wine, which personally I found a bit disappointing.
The name is actually Aboriginal in origin and once you realise that mango wine isn't for sale here, there is plenty more to interest you.
The name is thought to mean 'place of the white mallee fowl' but this cannot be confirmed and another source suggests the name originated from the Aboriginal word 'mungite' which is the name used for honey banksia.
The homestead is located in the Shire of Nungarin and access from Nungarin town is via Nungarin North Road and Williams Road.
The buildings have all been restored and fitted out with furniture and memorabilia from days gone by.
There are two walks for visitors one has nine different sites of interest with signs to tell you about the place and the other is a wildflower trail that is best done from August to October.
A small entry fee is charged and this helps with the upkeep of this important historic site.
For those with caravans and motorhomes etc. there is a campsite available and a nightly fee is charged for either powered or un-powered sites.
An annual concert is held at Mangowine on the first Saturday in October.
Opening hours and contact details for the homestead are listed on the website a link to which is provided in a link below.
The Country Women's Association building that is now at Mangowine was once at a small town named Baandee.
It dates from 1928 but the town was flooded in 1953 and the CWA rest room, along with the town of Baandee, fell into decline.
In 1968 it was decided to re-locate the building to Mangowine.
The CWA building was the first purpose built CWA rest room in W.A. and it is fitting that it was re-located to the shire of Nungarin which was the home of the first CWA branch in Western Australia.
Opening hours :
Monday, Tuesday Thursday, Friday 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Contact (08) 9046 5149 or 0427 190 795 for more information.
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BUILDINGS OF NOTE
Historic homestead and inn, (other areas nearby) McCorry's Old Hotel, the Post Office, Nungarin Hotel and the Anglican Church.
Website : Shire of Nungarin
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