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KENDENUP

 

HEMA Map reference 74/J6

 

34 29' 21" S 117 37' 36" E

 

 

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Statistics

 

Km from Perth

345

Population

 

Rainfall

 

Max Temp

 

Min Temp

 

Autogas

 

Telecentre

 

 

Caravan Parks

 

Recreation ground  

 

Services

 

 

 

 

Attractions

 

Stirling Ranges, Lake Nunijup, Lake Poorrarecup.

 

Buildings of note

 

Stamper Battery. May have been the first in Western Australia and was used to process gold. 1874.
 

Calendar Of Events

 

Unknown

 

 

 

Description

 

The area was settled in 1831 by George Cheyne (another source quotes John Hassell as first settling here in 1840 but John Hassell actually purchased to property from Cheyne.)

The Hassells were known for their hospitality and their property became the stopping point for many travellers and vagrants in the area. This failed to impress
Archdeacon Wollaston who stayed with the Hassells and complained mightily about the fleas that attacked him.

Daisy Bates' book 'The Passing of the Aborigines' recalls another visitor to the property who seems to have had fond memories of her stay.

'Old Yeebalan of Kendenup, a township east of Albany, found herself in the Dumbleyung district when palsy and blindness came upon her. Her white protectors tried to dissuade her, but she promised them she would go back to the Hassals of Kendenup whose sheep run had been her father's group area, and who had been good to her in her young days. They gave her food and money for the journey, and she immediately handed it over to the derelicts in camp in return for their hospitality, as in their primitive sense of honour every native must. Months later, after a solitary journey through the white settlements, she crawled towards the old Kendenup homestead where she had so often sought and found food and clothing. It was empty and deserted. Yeebalan made her last camp in the gully, and died a few days later.'

A notable resident of the area for a time was Clement John de Garis, the founder of the Sunraysia company. Despite early success he fell on hard times and committed suicide. I feel much the same way when the awful Sunraysia ads come on T.V.

Gold was discovered in 1874 but ran out very quickly. Originally a fruit growing district it has slowly been turned over to crop production with peas being one of the most successful harvests.

Kendenup is 4km off the main highway on a tourist drive leading through the Stirling Ranges. The surrounding area is known for its wildflowers with over 500 species being recorded. Between 30 and 40 of these species are found nowhere else.

The main sources of income in the area consist of cereal crops like wheat, barley, canola, oats and some sunflowers. Cattle are bred for meat and sheep for wool. Other agricultural produce consists of maize, olives, herbs, gourmet vegetable gardens and fish farming.

There is a good overnight stop at the local
recreation ground for motorhomers and caravaners. The fee is minimal and can be paid at the local store.

 

Originally called Kendinup, the town's name is said to have been given by Phillip Le Mothe Snell Chauncy in 1851.
 

 

 

 

 

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