The history of the south west is full of great stories. Here's a sample!
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In the early 1950s, Australia became involved in the Korean War. The history is there for those who want it, and the Australian War Memorial will show you a good overview of what happened. You'll note that 3 RAR covered themselves in glory. You'll note that 339 Australians lost their lives, and you'll note that it was neither the first nor the last time that such sacrifices were made.
For years we've been writing about why it's really special living in the South West. Research for this story started in a very different direction from where we've eventually been taken. Where we eventually wound up was looking at an incident that we'd assumed was one of the nastiest in our history.
May Gibbs, the author of "Snugglepot & Cuddlepie" and the "Gumnut Babies", who received an MBE for her contribution to children's literature, spent some of her childhood in a beautiful part of Harvey in the south west.
Thars gold in them thar hills... Really, there is! Donnybrook had it's own gold rush at the turn of the 19th/20th century. The honour of first finding gold in the region goes to Richard Hunter, who discovered some in 1897 by panning the upper reaches of the Nonneycup Creek, which is a tributary of the Preston River.
John Forrest was born on August the 22nd at the mouth of the Preston River on Leschenault Estuary, near Bunbury. In 1842 his father and mother, William and Margaret, had come from Scotland to Australind in Western Australia, to work for Dr John Ferguson on his farm.
Did you know that there were cases of the dreaded Bubonic Plague in the south west? The plague stuck around one hundred years ago in Bunbury. According to the old newspaper "The Southern Times", the cases of plague were noticed on 23 April 1903 when the Norwegian bargue named Lingard arrived from South Africa into the port of Bunbury.
Upon arriving in the Colony which was to become Western Australia, the English fairly quickly turned their attention to occupying as much country as they could. This was a strategic move, and the discussion about who they were keen to displace, be it Dutch, French, Aboriginal or even Americans is something that has never really been recorded, and we can but speculate
It seems that Thursday was the day for shopping even back in the 1930's in Cowaramup. The train only came twice a week from Perth to Cowaramup. On Mondays and Thursdays. Because the Monday train left Perth near midnight on Sunday, it often didn't carry a lot of goods. The Thursday train, however, always had a big load of mail, food, newspapers, and other supplies.
As the English domination of the continent took hold, it was apparent to the powers guiding the new colony that loyal white people were important to the development of the empire. This is a problem when you settle a continent peopled by natives and begin to send convicts who by the nature of their arrival are less likely to be loyal to the crown.
If you head towards the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse down Leeuwin Road from the town of Augusta WA you will come across a sign to the Leeuwin Water Wheel. It's to the right before you reach the lighthouse. There you will see a large water-wheel surrounded by fantastic views of the ocean, rocks and the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.
I stumbled upon Redgate Beach during a three-day hike on the Cape to Cape Walk with a class of high school students. Coming out of the bush and onto this beach, it took my breath away. The bay looked beautiful, with flat sand framed by red coloured rocks. I had never seen Redgate before and was surprised that no one had ever made me go.
Brothers Lance and Chris Andrews, and Evelyn Wilton, were born in England and came out to Western Australia in the early years of the last century. Lance was the first to arrive and in 1909 took up a Homestead Farm of 160 acres at Margaret River; two years later his brother Chris joined him. By 1913 they had a total of 925 acres, which included two Homestead farms, and they also had an 800-acre grazing lease a few miles away on the coast.