Carnamah MacPherson Homestead

 

 

CARNAMAH

 

HEMA Map reference 76/G4

 

GPS 29 41 27 S 115 53 07 E

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

307Km

Population

496

Average Rainfall

388mm

Mean Max Temp

26.6C

Mean Min Temp

12.3C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9951 1222

Fire and Rescue

08 9951 1784

Medical

08 9951 1030

Visitor Centre

08 9951 7000

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Carnamah

 

08 9951 1785

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B AND B

Hotel / Motel

 

08 9951 1023

Farm B and B

 

08 9954 5015

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

link to Mingor.net website

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Carnamah is an inland sheep and wheat town. It sits in the heart of wildflower country and has a nice day-use area with easy parking for caravans in the centre of town.

 

Carnamah is part of the Monsignor John Hawes Heritage trail that includes the towns of: Perenjori, Morawa, Mullewa, Geraldton, Northampton, Yalgoo, Nanson and Bluff Point.

 

The Shire of Carnamah extends to the coast and access is possible at Coolimba, Gum Tree Bay and Illawong. The coast is popular with fishermen and bird watchers. Over 180 bird species have been identified including 17 seabird species that breed on the offshore islands.

 

Lakes Lookout, just a kilometre from town, gives a view over Yarra Yarra lakes. These lakes are the western end of a salt lake system stretching east towards Yalgoo. A long time ago this was part of a large inland river system but changes in sea levels and rainfall mean the lakes now only fill after good winter rains. The main lake is 25 kilometres long and 9 kilometres wide. The lakes cover and area of about 120 square kilometres.

 

The Historical Society in Carnamah is notable for the detailed information they make available on the web and through the museum. Carnamah is indeed luckly to have a group of such hard working people who are so comitted to preserving and sharing the history of the area. They have even complied an online History Museum. The amount of information collected by the Historical Society is quite staggering.

 

HISTORY

 

Duncan Macpherson and George Slater took up leases in the area in 1861. James Nairn appears to have been the first settler in the area in 1866. (One source quotes the 1888 as the settlement date but appears to be wrong.) Duncan Macpherson and his family moved into the area in 1868 and named their property "Carnamah". It is possible that this is a Gaelic word meaning 'cairn of the cattle.' Another suggested possibility are the Aboriginal words karna meaning fat and mah meaning more.

 

Construction of the homestead started in 1869 and it took 5 years to complete. In 1874 a telegraph station was established at the Macpherson homestead.

 

Eventually the homestead was abandoned and fell into ruin. Restoration started in 1979. The cook-house is still un-restored and shows what state the main house was in before it was restored. A grant in 1995 enabled more restoration to be done and the homestead is now classified by the National Trust.

 

In 1894 the railway reached the town and the town site was gazetted in 1913 but settlement in the area was slow in coming. The post war settlement schemes saw some growth after both world wars.

 

For a detailed history of Carnamah visit the Carnamah Historical Society page.

 

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VIDEO

 

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OTHER INFORMATION

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

Yarra Yarra Lake, MacPherson's Homestead, Museum (Open Open Fridays 1.30pm - 5pm.), Lake Indoon, Tathra National Park, Lakes Lookout, Murals.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

MacPherson homestead 1869-74, Uniting church 1926, St. Andrews Church 1930, Post Office 1926, Bankwest Building 1929, Hotel 1920s.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Moore

Federal : Durack

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6517

Local Government : Shire of Carnamah

 

Carnamah Historical Society

 

Other localities in the shire : Eneabba, Leeman, Green Head.

 

PHOTOS

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