Other Men

The Men of Katanning

In the early days of Katanning it would have been the men working hard to build a house (albeit, very rough to our standards today), to clear the land, and to start growing crops and stock.
Their womenfolk would probably have worked just as hard, both alongside their men, and in creating a home in that house, rearing their children, and looking after her family in conditions that we will never understand.
Over the years their have been many Katanning men who have achieved much in public life and within the community.
Katanning has continued to grow and thrive into a major centre within the Great Southern region of Western Australia thanks to their efforts.

Read some of their stories by clicking on their name…

APPLIN, Thomas Edward
Thomas Edward and Christian Martha Applin and their eight children sailed from Liverpool to Fremantle in Western Australia in 1912.
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BEECK, Sir Marcus
Sir Marcus Truby Beeck (1923-1986), farmer, grains industry leader and company director, was born on 28 December 1923 at Gannawarra…
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DUFF,  The Reverend Father
Again he reached Perth, and after a short respite he went to the Katanning district, which kept him within its confines twelve months. In that time great progress was made…
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FREETH, Sir Gordon
Gordon Freeth, Minister for External Affairs, set up as a barrister and solicitor at Katanning, WA….
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Listen to an interview of Gordon Freeth by: John Ferrell (Interviewer) of Australia. Department of the Parliamentary Library HERE

GABY, Alfred Edward
Alfred Edward Gaby VC (25 January 1892 – 11 August 1918) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award…
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HALPIN, George Thomas
George Halpin, a long-term resident of Katanning and highly regarded agricultural researcher with the Department of Agriculture in Katanning, passed away on 11 July 1997.
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HEBERLE Bros, The
The four brothers where the sons of Leslie and Eva Elizabeth Heberle. They also had a sister, Phyllis May Heberle… Continue reading >>>

HOBBS, Sir Joseph John Talbot
Lieutenant General Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs was an Australian architect, First World War general, and the architect of the Katanning Roller Flour Mill for Frederick Piesse
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LETTON, Brian
In 1989, Brian began his professional career as a full-time entertainer after a decade working as a part-time musician with various local bands…
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PIESSE, Frederick Henry
Frederick Henry Piesse, CMG (6 December 1853 – 29 June 1912) was a farmer, businessman and politician who is credited with much of the early development of the region around Katanning…
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PIESSE, Harold Vivian
Harold Vivian Piesse, the son of Frederick Henry Piesse, was born 12 July 1884 in Williams and the family moved to Katanning 1889 where…
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QUARTERMAINE, Alan R
Alan Quartermaine was born in Katanning and went on to win the Sandover Medal playing for the East Perth Football Club…
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THOMSON, Alexander (Alec)
Alexander Thomson, known as Alec Thomson, was an Australian politician, and a member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1914 until 1930…
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ROGERS, William John
William  John Rogers was an important member of the Katanning community and a very successful retailer who began with modest premises and expanded …
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PORCELLI, Pietro Giacoma
Pietro Giacoma Porcelli was born in Bisceglie, Bari, Italy. His family migrated to Australia and Pietro Porcelli studied at the New South Wales Academy of Art…
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RICHARDSON, Robert Lawson
Mr. Richardson was born on December 30, 1862, at Dalveen, South Australia, to William and Jane (nee Rhind) Richardson. He married…
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Our Men at War

lost katanning men at war

Katanning men (and women) have fought and died in many wars for the
freedoms we hold so dear today.
They were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for all they believed in.
The Returned Services League (RSL) has set up a virtual war memorial to
honour those men and women.

I have attached a few to our page : Continue reading >>>

Visit the RSL’s Virtual Memorial:
Click IMAGE below…
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