Many people have lived full and wonderful lives in Katanning since the town’s inception back in the mid-1800’s. People have come and gone. So many were born here and so many arrived here for work, play or simply a ‘tree change’. And many of those have stayed on and become valuable members of our community.
In days gone by Katanning had a large itinerant population due mainly to the employment opportunities the town provided. The railways was always a large employer of people with over 100 people in 1969. With the deregulation of the transport market and the closure of the railways by short sighted politicians, the Katanning ceased to exist in the late 1980’s.
Other government departments also created a large number of employment opportunities. The Post Master General’s Department (now Telstra) employed many people on the lines, in the local telephone exchange and the in the local call centre which serviced all of Australia. Western Power (or State Electricity Commission [SEC] as it was known) however, is now a shadow of days past as far as employment.
Still big employers
Schools were, and continue to be, a big employer, as is the local hospital having just seen a $35 million upgrade. The West Australian Meat Marketing Corporation (WAMMCO) also continues to be a major employer in the community as it has done from its early days as Western Meat Packers.
This all means that Katanning has had a larger turnover of population than most other West Australian Country Towns. And now Lost Katanning is providing a page for you to provide photos of people who have passed on to that great country in the sky.
To have your loved one immortalised on this page simply send their photo along with their birth and death dates and perhaps a brief description of the role they played in Katanning.
FEWSON, Arthur (Artie)
Born Katanning 26 February 1924
Died Katanning 8 October 2017
GALE, Jean (nee Bowden)
Born Katanning 18 August 1909
to Fred and Mabel Bowden
Died Katanning 19 August 2008
Jean Bowden was born at home in Britannia Street, Katanning on 18 August 1909.
Jean completed her leaving as a part of the first group to graduate from Albany High School and then returned to Katanning to become a school monitor. After two years she gained entrance to Claremont Teacher’s College in Perth. After teaching appointments at Yarloop and Albany, jean returned to take up a teaching post in Katanning.
She married Ned Gale, after originally meeting in Yarloop, in the Katanning Methodist Church in 1938.
They lived in the house, “Glendean”, on the corner of Amherst and Arbour Streets their entire married life and holidayed in their beach-side home in Busselton.
The couple had two daughters. Beth was born in 1940 and Kaye in 1950 at Coleraine Hospital.
NEWBEY, George Horace
Born Tambellup 26 December 1927
to Horace George and Esther (nee Whitt) Newbey
Died Katanning 16 September 2009
George married June Moncaster in St Andrews Church, Katanning on 6 August, 1949. The couple had three children in Katanning: Pauline Todd, Marilyn (Lyn) Squires, and Graeme Newbey. Pauline still lives in Katanning with her husband Arthur; Lyn currently lives in Exmouth with husband Victor while Graham lives and works in Perth with his wife Sandra.George worked for various businesses in Katanning including Yeldon Motors, Marshall Motors, Dunlop Tyre Service, Gibson’s Goodyear Tyre Service, and Katanning Senior High School as a gardener. He was an avid thoroughbred race horse trainer and amateur jockey winning many races in Katanning and around the state including the famous “Kalgoorlie Race Round”.
NEWBEY, June (nee Moncaster)
Born Katanning 1 June 1927
to Thomas and Emily (nee Bielby) Moncaster
Died Katanning 22 January 2005
June married George Horace Newbey in St Andrews Church, Katanning on 6 August, 1949. For most of her adult life June was a stay-at-home mum looking after George and their three children, Pauline, Marilyn, and Graeme. In her earlier years she worked for Meldrum’s and in later years for the BKW Co-operative and Loretta’s Kitchen at the Federal Hotel.
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