Gnowangerup Post Office

 

 

GNOWANGERUP

 

HEMA Map reference 74/G6

 

GPS 33 56 16 S 118 00 21 E

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

356 Km

Population

599

Average Rainfall

401.7mm

Mean Max Temp

21.8C

Mean Min Temp

9.8C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9827 2800

Fire and Rescue

Unknown

Medical

08 9827 2222

Visitor Centre

08 9827 1635

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Gnowangerup

08 9827 1635

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B and B

Hotel / Motel

 

08 9827 1013

B and B

 

08 9827 1278

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

Gnowangerup is the centre of a sheep breeding area that incorporates several merino studs. Gnowangerup is both the name of the town and the name of the shire. Within the shire boundaries there are two other towns: Borden and Ongerup. The shire covers about 5,000 square kilometres with most of the area being part of the oldest land on the planet. It is estimated that rocks in this region are 3,000 million years old.

 

The Stirling Range that we see today was, 1,500 million years ago, part of a large lake that gradually filled with sediments. After the sediments had been turned into rock, geological forces pushed them upward to form one of the few true mountain ranges in W.A.

 

HISTORY

 

The town's name, like so many in W.A., originates from the Aboriginal language. The closest translation is probably, "Place of the mallee hen eggs" and the name is thought to originate from an Aboriginal legend about two warriors who fought and killed each other near some mineral springs. One warrior was reincarnated as a mallee hen 'gnow' and the other as an emu 'waitch' which in turn became the name of the town of Wagin.

 

The 'Place of the mallee hen' was explored in the 1850s, but not gazetted as a town until 1905 (another source quotes 1908) when the original spelling was Ngowangerupp. Sandalwood was the main industry in the area in the late 1800s and by 1912 the railway arrived. There are natural mineral springs near the town which were originally responsible for drawing people to the area.

 

Arnold Piesse constructed the Agriculatural Hall in 1910. Piesse was the MLA for Katanning.

 

A rail line from Tambellup opened on July 1st 1912 and the following year it was extended to Ongerup.

 

TALL TALES AND TRUE

 

A link to Ned Kelly

 

Ned Kelly may have been hanged as a bushranger but before he died he did father some children and his daughter moved here and was the publican at the local hotel. Today a statue of Ned stands near the pub. (This story needs confirmation.)

 

 

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OTHER INFORMATION

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

Steam tractor, Aylmore mineral spring, Stirling Range, Machinery museum, History Centre, Nobarach Park, Wildflower reserve, Mary Rock.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Anglican Church 1930, Old police station.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Wagin

Federal : O'Connor

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6335

Local Government : Shire of Gnowangerup

 

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