2nd Country Drive to Moora and Back


I enjoyed the first trip and lunch at the Drovers Inn, we went back again with friends.

Moore River East Cutting, Yarawindah, Western Australia

Moore River East Cutting, Yarawindah, Western Australia

Derelict Ruins, Great Northern Highway, Yarawinda, Western Australia

Derelict Ruins, Great Northern Highway, Yarawinda, Western Australia

Derelict Ruins, Great Northern Highway, Yarawinda, Western Australia

Derelict Ruins, Great Northern Highway, Yarawinda, Western Australia

This lovely old ruin is sitting in a farm paddock near the banks of the Moore River at a locality called Yarawinda. It is just up the road from the remains of the old Victoria Plains Agricultural Hall shown in a previous post.

Google Earth / Maps Location:
31° 1′ 5.17″ S 116° 12′ 39.66″ E

New Norcia Deep Space Ground Station, Yarawindah, Western Australia

New Norcia Deep Space Ground Station, Yarawindah, Western Australia

New Norcia Deep Space Ground Station, Yarawindah, Western Australia

New Norcia Deep Space Ground Station – Controlled by the European Space Agency – See this LINK!

Google Earth / Maps Location:
31° 2′ 36.95″ S 116° 12′ 24.00″ E

Southbound Line, Gillingarra, Western Australia

Southbound Line, Gillingarra, Western Australia

The "Dunny"

The “Dunny”

Junk Pile

Junk Pile

Mangiri Cottage, Bindoon-Moora Road, Gillingarra, Western Australia

Mangiri Cottage, Bindoon-Moora Road, Gillingarra, Western Australia

Mangiri Cottage, Bindoon-Moora Road, Gillingarra, Western Australia

Mangiri Cottage, Bindoon-Moora Road, Gillingarra, Western Australia

Mangiri Cottage, Bindoon-Moora Road, Gillingarra, Western Australia

Farm Paddocks

Farm Paddocks

I believe this ruin is what is left of “Mangiri Cottage“, along the Bindoon-Moora Road at Gillingarra.

Google Earth / Maps Location:
30° 51′ 21.74″ S 116° 1′ 41.98″ E

Old Post Office, Bindoon-Moora Road, Mogumber, Western Australia

Old Post Office, Bindoon-Moora Road, Mogumber, Western Australia

In Mogumber, what is now known as “The Old Stone House“. It was constructed in 1899 by James Atkinson who was then also in charge of the hotel. This building functioned as the town’s post office and store.

The Pub at Mogumber

The view from the Stone House down to the Pub, Mogumber.

Google Earth / Maps Location:
31° 2′ 19.54″ S 116° 2′ 41.58″ E

Country Drive to Moora and Back


The old Victoria Plains Hotel, Great Northern Highway, Waddington, Western Australia

Victoria Plains Hotel, Great Norther Highway, Waddington, Wester

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Victoria Plains Hotel, Great Norther Highway, Waddington, Western Australia

Victoria Plains Hotel, Great Norther Highway, Waddington, Western Australia

The hotel precinct comprised the hotel building, a separate kitchen building behind (west), was originally linked to the hotel by grape trellis. Stables, a gaol, a horse driven chaff cutter were all adjacent to, and north of the main hotel building. It was a stop over for travellers including those with prisoners or convicts. There was a shop on the north end of the hotel building. The hotel also operated the post office and telephone exchange. 2 kilometres south of the hotel was the race track and cricket pitch.

Google Earth/Maps Location:   30° 50′ 12.03″ S  116° 16′ 5.65″ E

Hay Bales

Hay Bales

Victoria Plains Agricultural Hall Ruins, Yarawindah, Western Aus

Remnants of the old Victoria Plains Agricultural Hall (see post below)

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Abandoned Farm House, Bindoon-Moora Road, Gillingarra, Western A

Abandoned Farm House, Bindoon-Moora Road, Gillingarra, Western A

Derelict Cottage from a bygone era! Bindoon-Moora Road, Gillingarra, Western Australia

Abandoned Farm Machinery

Abandoned Farm Machinery

Rural View

Rural View

Google Earth/Maps Location: 30° 56′ 46.19″ S 116° 3′ 4.56″ E

"The KIA!!"

“The KIA!!”

Mundaring Weir, Mundaring, Western Australia


The lake created by the dam was known as the Helena River Reservoir, however it is now known as Lake C.Y. O’Connor.

The owner of the dam, the Water Corporation, refers to the weir as Mundaring Dam on its website, but no other authority, such as Geographic Names, or Geosciences Australia uses this term. The Mundaring Shire uses an image of the Mundaring Weir in its logo.  The weir last overflowed in 1996.

Google Earth/Maps Location:
31° 57' 23.88" S  116° 9' 54.74" E

Pump Art, Mundaring Weir, Mundaring Weir Road, Mundaring, Western Australia

Car Park Art, Mundaring Weir Road, Mundaring, Western Australia

Walkway to Weir Wall, Mundaring Weir, Mundaring, Western Australia

Mundaring Weir Wall & Resevoir, Mundaring, Western Australia

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No. 1 Pumping Station

No. 1 Pumping Station

The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme designed by CY O’Connor was originally built to transfer water from the Perth hills to the goldfields of Western Australia, a distance of 560 kilometres. The scheme was opened in 1903.

No 1 Pump Station was the first of eight steam pump stations and an extensive four-year renovation project by the National Trust now makes No 1 Pump Station a showcase for the scheme.

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The Mundaring Weir Hotel

**From the Hotel’s Website – History:**

In 1898, the Jacoby brothers built a single storey building called the Reservoir Hotel. The building was situated adjacent to the railway line on the first piece of freehold land next to the weir easement. In 1906, Fred Jacoby constructed a two-storey building as part of the Hotel and renamed it the Goldfields Weir Hotel. Some of the building materials for the construction of the hotel were brought out to Australia from England by sailing ship. A bricklayer doing repairs to the foundation of the fireplace, which is now the Coffee Shop, found bricks bearing the name of his home town in the north of England.

A railway was initially constructed from Mundaring to the Weir for goods transport only, so the Licensee would pick visitors up from Mundaring station by horse and buggy.

Later there were two weekly trains from Perth. The last stop before Weir, opposite the hall, was called Karda Mordo. The beer kegs for the Hotel would be unloaded here and rolled down the hill to the hotel. The invoices from the Swan Brewery are still addressed to Mundaring Weir Hotel, Karda Mordo. The railway line was closed in 1952.

During the Second World War The Weir was considered an enemy target and guards were posted. The roof of the Hotel was painted dark and part of the cellar was made into a bomb shelter with access from the ballroom above. The shelter is now the kitchen for the down stairs Café.

Google Earth/Maps Location:
31° 57' 8.28" S  116° 10' 2.51" E0C4A0670a

The Mechanics Institute

**From the Heritage Council History:-**

As local community and education centres, halls and Mechanics Institutes were an important part of early social and cultural history. Western Australia’s first Mechanics Institute was established in Perth in January 1851. The closest one for hills residents was at Guildford, built in 1865. In 1906, the same year Midland Junction opened their Mechanics Institute, Mundaring Weir citizens, Harry Ball, Eli Willis, Fred Jacoby and Engineer-in-Charge of the No. 1 Pumping Station, Mr. A Eggleton, began to raise funds for the Mundaring Weir Hall and Mechanics Institute. Delays in construction caused by storm damage meant the building was not ready for official opening until April 1908. A crowd of 200 people attended the opening by M.L.A. Mr A.C. Gull. The foundation stone shows the name of James Price, Minister for Works and Mr Jordan as the Builder. An indication that the community was expected to grow can be seen in the temporary nature of the corrugated iron rear of the Hall.

In the 1920s and 30s, after the forestry headquarters were established at nearby ‘Portagabra’ (Site 60), the hall and nearby tennis courts were used for dances and tennis. Between c 1947 and 1951, when the wall of the Mundaring Weir (Site 55), was being raised, children of the construction workforce were taught here as an overflow class from the Mundaring Weir school (Site 58). The building was well used by local people until, with declining population levels, it fell into disrepair. In the early 1980’s, the Shire of Mundaring rehabilitated the building for use by community groups.

Beverley, Western Australia


The heritage wheatbelt town of Beverley is 130 kilometres east of Perth on the Avon River. Founded in 1838, Beverley is one of Western Australia’s oldest settlements.

Google Maps/Earth Location:
32° 6' 34.47" S  116° 55' 25.90" E
Beverley Town Hall (1938)

Beverley Town Hall
(1938)

Old Council Chambers (1898)

Old Council Chambers
(1898)

Roads Board Building (1908)

Roads Board Building
(1908)

Court House (1897)

Court House
(1897)

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

Railway Station (1886)

Railway Station
(1886)

Station Platform Beverley Railway Station

Station Platform

The Track Looking South

The Track Looking South

The Track Looking North

The Track Looking North

Platform Building (Previously "The Gents")

“The Gents”

Platform Building (Previously "The Ladies")

“The Ladies”

Railway Building

Railway Building

Platform Railway Station

Platform

Window Railway Station Platform

Window

Ticket Window Railway Station Platform

Ticket Window

Was this The Tea Room? Railway Station

Was this The Tea Rooms?

Railway Gallery Gardens

Railway Gallery Gardens

Station Gallery Beverley Railway Station,

Station Gallery

Railway Station (1886)

Railway Station

Methodist Church (1907)

Methodist Church
(1907)

Masonic Lodge (1905)

Masonic Lodge
(1905)

St Mary's Anglican Church

St Mary's Anglican Church

St Mary’s Anglican Church

St Mary's Anglican Church - Residence

St Mary’s Anglican Church – Residence

Original Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1890)

Original Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1890) You can purchase this at the present for $150,000 !!

Original Sacred Heart Catholic Church
(1890)
You can purchase this at the present for $150,000 !!

Residence of the Sacred Heart Church

Residence of the Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart Church (1933)

Sacred Heart Church
(1933)

Moreton Bay Figs Opposite the Railway Platform

Moreton Bay Figs
Opposite the Railway Platform

Avon Buildings (1886)

Avon Buildings
(1886)

Avon Buildings (1886)

Avon Buildings

Central Buildings (1914)

Central Buildings
(1914)

Shop Door Vincent Street

Shop Door
Vincent Street

Side Door Avon Buildings, Queen Street

Side Door
Avon Buildings, Queen Street

ANZ Bank (1909)

ANZ Bank (1909)

ANZ Bank
(1909)

Post Office (1910)

Post Office
(1910)

Hotel Beverley (1885) Originally The Railway Hotel

Hotel Beverley
(1885)
Originally The Railway Hotel

Freemasons Tavern (1886)

Freemasons Tavern
(1886)

Vincent Street - (Main Street)

Vincent Street – (Main Street)

Former Junior School (1894)

Former Junior School
(1894)

The Aero Museum

The Aero Museum

Bank House (Originally Union Bank 1907)

Bank House
(Originally Union Bank 1907)

Edwards Store (1886) Also known as Gillespie's and Self Service Store

Edwards Store
(1886)
Also known as Gillespie’s and Self Service Store

RSL Club Door

RSL Club Door

RSL Hall (1904) It used to be Tattersall's White Hart Hotel. The upper storey was removed in 1954.

RSL Hall (1904)
It used to be Tattersall’s White Hart Hotel. The upper storey was removed in 1954.

Memorial Park Vincent Street

Memorial Park
Vincent Street

Behind the Main Street

Behind the Main Street

Heritage House Queen Street, Beverley

Heritage House
Queen Street, Beverley

Heritage House Brooking Street

Heritage House
Brooking Street

Avon River Vincent Street Bridge

Avon River
Vincent Street Bridge

Vincent Street Bridge Timbers

Vincent Street Bridge Timbers

Old Grain Silo, Great Southern Highway, Gilgering (Beverley)

Old Grain Silo Great Southern Highway, Gilgering (Beverley)

Old Grain Silo
Great Southern Highway, Gilgering (Beverley)

York, Western Australia


Town Hall, Avon Terrace, York, Western Australia  c. 1911

Town Hall, Joaquina Street, York, Western Australia

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YORK TOWN HALL    c. 1911

Freemason's Hall, Joaquina Street, York, Western Australia  c. 1

Freemason's Hall, Joaquina Street, York, Western Australia  c. 1

FREEMASONS HALL (formerly The Oddfellows)    c. 1887

Castle Hotel, Avon Terrace, York, Western Australia  c. 1853

Castle Hotel, Avon Terrace, York, Western Australia  c. 1853

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CASTLE HOTEL    c. 1853

Imperial Hotel, Avon Terrace, York, Western Australia  c. 1886

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Rear Courtyard, Imperial Hotel, Joaquina Street, York, Western A

Imperial Hotel Rear View, South Street, York, Western Australia

IMPERIAL HOTEL    c. 1886

York Hotel

YORK HOTEL    c. 1909

Memorial Bench, Avon Terrace, York, Western Australia

Sargent's Pharmacy

Sargent's Pharmacy

Sargent's Pharmacy

SARGENT’S PHARMACY    c. 1884

Fire Station

FIRE STATION   c. 1897

The Western Australian Bank (Westpac), Avon Terrace, York, Weste

THE WESTERN AUSTRALIA BANK (now Westpac)   c. 1889

Davies Building

DAVIES BUILDING    c. 1908

Lucy's Cottage

Lucy’s Cottage

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HERITAGE COTTAGES

Laneway, Avon Terrace, York, Western Australia

AVON TERRACE LANEWAY

Gates, Avon Terrace, York, Western Autralia

OLD GATES