Pioneer Families of Katanning
Our pioneer families are those people who travelled into the middle of nowhere… into an unknown land, with no resources available to them whatsoever. No town, no roads, no railways, no hospitals… nothing!
For thousands of years only our indigenous people roamed these wide open spaces living off the land and surviving all the harsh conditions our homeland could dish up to them.
Our European forefathers are the extraordinary people, who under the most trying conditions, worked extremely hard to clear and cultivate the land to provide for their families.
Their hard work saw the region slowly develop into the community it is today. They saw the coming of the railway, the lifeline of early rural Western Australia, roads being forged, towns starting and growing… although some have gone by the wayside… and saw our young country become a Federation.
Katanning is now a thriving, vibrant community, leading the way in the Great Southern region. It is an all-inclusive community with our indigenous community, our European roots, and so many newcomers over recent decades.
And it all started with our pioneer families and the indigenous people before them. It was the indigenous people who showed our pioneers the water holes, the creeks and rivers, so vital for our future growth.
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