Katanning Men Make Their Mark
Many Katanning men have made an important mark in the history of our town, our state and, indeed, our country. Young men signed up and went off to war to defend the freedom of not only their own country but that of others around the world. They continue to do so today.
Probably the most prominent was Frederick Piesse. He is recognised as being the founder of Katanning and it is through his amazing business acumen and foresight that the town was able to grow into the thriving community it is today. Frederick was the first chairman of the Katanning Road Board (later Shire of Katanning) and represented the seat of Katanning in the Forrest State Government. He also acted as Premier and Opposition Leader for a short period and was Western Australia’s representative on the Federation Council.
Dr. F.M. House was Katanning’s first doctor. He also set up the Katanning Boy’s Grammar School and the building was later to become Coleraine Hospital.
R.L. Richardson played a major role in the development of our retail industry when he took control of F.H. Piesse’s store in Austral Terrace. Under his leadership, the building was extended to abut the Katanning Hotel and was considered one of the finest out of the Perth metropolitan area.
Alexander Thomson was a builder, building many of Katanning’s fine Federation homes, and he also represented Katanning in state parliament.
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