A short timeline of Coolgardie WA

George Rehder 1

  OCT.1894;  Martin  Walsh,  known  as the Coolgardie Water King sunk the     first freshwater Well at Coolgardie. It produced 850 Gallons daily.     9-10-1895; on this day 30 buildings were burned  down  as  a  big  Fire     swept  through  Bayley  Street.  Damage  est.at  a quarter of a Million     […]

Timeline of Aboriginal history of Western Australia

George Rehder 1

Katanning is thought to come from an Aboriginal word ‘Kartannin’, meaning big meeting place or ‘Kartanup’ that means clear pool of sweet water.
Katanning was the junction of three Aboriginal tribal grounds long before European settlement.
The first Europeans to explore the Katanning area were Governor James Stirling and Surveyor General John Septimus Roe who travelled through the area in 1835 en route from Perth to Albany.
In about 1870, sandalwood cutters moved into the area but they did not settle. It was not until the arrival of the Great Southern Railway from Perth to Albany in 1889 that the township came into existence.
With the opening of the Great Southern Railway in 1889 Katanning attracted settlers for both commercial and agricultural ventures.
The town site was initially developed by the same company that built the railway, the Western Australian Land Company.
The state government purchased the railway and the townsite in 1896 and later formally gazetted the town in 1898, when the population of the town was 226.
Katanning quickly developed and within a few short years it became a thriving regional centre. A busy period of construction saw many roads built, new homes and businesses established and the new agriculture viticulture and horticulture industries were thriving.
It was not long before Katanning became the social hub of the district. With a large variety of sporting clubs and social gatherings Katanning developed its own particular style.
Katanning boasts many claims to fame and we are known for our many firsts:
Electric street lights
Inland swimming pool
Free Library services
Country Historical Society
Katanning also has:
The largest undercover sheep saleyards in the southern hemisphere
Wake’s Garage houses Western Australia’s first orbital engine, invented in Katanning by local engineers

Paedophile

George Rehder

I like to tell you a story (a true Story} that happened many years ago We just moved into a House that was supplied by the Government. From the Caravan Park where I had been the Manager. Anyway it was a nice house and big enough for the 5 of […]

Gold discoveries in Australia, Timeline

George Rehder

Gold! History of discovery The first gold rush in Australia began in May 1851 after prospector Edward Hargraves claimed to have discovered payable gold near Orange, at a site he called Ophir. Hargraves had been to the Californian goldfields and had learned new gold prospecting techniques such as panning and […]

My first Marriage.

George Rehder

Yeh, I remember some of it. You might say it was doomed from the start. We were both the same age, 19 years old; she was 2 months younger than me. We first met  in a milk bar in Wood St  Mackay, North Queensland. Her name was Merle, she hated […]

Monica & I

George Rehder

Monica and I This Story starts in Bucasia near Mackay, Queensland. I own 5 acres of land here and it goes right down to the Beach. On it is a 2 story house made from corrugated Iron. Here I live with my girlfriend Monica. We met 3 months ago in […]

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