From its inception Katanning has always been an important commercial hub as well as a major agricultural centre.
Many people have had the opportunity to start a business in Katanning. Some have lasted only a short while. Some for much longer and some are still operating today. Some have changed owners and names several times over. But they have all added to the rich tapestry that is Katanning.
The Piesse Bros Store was the town’s first established business followed by Piesse’s Premier Roller Flour Mill. Although the flour mill building is an icon of the town it has not operated as a mill for many years.
The Great Southern Herald started soon after in 1901 and,despite moving several times, is the oldest surviving business in Katanning today. It is currently owned by Albany Advertiser Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of West Australian Newspapers Ltd in Perth.
The Katanning Stock and Trading Company (currently owned by the van Koldenhoven family) is the oldest surviving business in town still located on its original site.
There are a few other businesses that have stood the test of time but many have fallen by the wayside.
This page is intended to show those businesses that have come and gone over the years since Katanning’s inception as a town.
Although in no particular order the following are some of those many businesses:
Great Southern Herald – 1918
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