Pingelly

A small farming town located in the great southern agricultural region. The Old Court House Museum which is located on the corner of Pasture and Parade Streets and contains the usual folk museum memorabilia.


Mourambine Heritage Trail

Moorumbine, located 10 km east of Pingelly, has numerous the old buildings spread over quite a wide area, which are well worth visiting. The centrepiece is undoubtedly the stone and shingle St Patrick's Anglican Church which was completed in 1872 and consecrated the following year. Its setting, on top of a gentle hill with the winds soughing through the branches of the nearby pine trees and the old graves standing silently around it, make it one of the most interesting buildings in the district. The rest of the buildings on the Heritage Trail are all private property (please respect each owners' privacy) but it is interesting to see the old Sandalwood Inne which was built in 1872, Atkins' Cottage which was built the same year and Ingram's Cottage, with its handmade bricks, which was completed in 1889, the year the railway bypassed the town.

Mourambine was the first township in the area, and grew slowly until by the 1870s. It was gazetted in April 1884 in an attempt to legitimise its existence before the arrival of the railway line. The attempt was in vain. The railway line passed 10 km west of the township in 1889 and within a few years the siding of Pingelly was growing and Mourambine was slowly dying.


Boyagin Rock Nature Reserve

Boyagin Rock Nature Reserve (26 km north-west) is home to important stands of powderbark, jarrah and marri, the reserve is the home of numbats and tammar wallabies. Boyagin gives a clear picture ofr what the wheatbelt was like before it was cleared and is one of the few areas of original fauna and flora left in the wheatbelt. It has picnic facilities.


Tutanning Nature Reserve

(20 km east) Tutanning Nature Reserve is where the botanist Guy Shorteridge collected over 400 species of plants for the British museum between 1903 and 1906. It coverscovering only about 2000 ha, like Boyagin it is a remnant of the original fauna and flora of the region) it has no recreational facilities.


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Where is it?

158 km east south east of Perth and 20 km south south east of Brookton. Altitude 297 metros above sea level.


Popanyinning

The name of Popanyinning, a small wheatbelt town on Great Southern Highway between Pingelly and Narrogin, was first recorded in 1869 for a pool in the Hotham River, and was previously spelt "Popaning" or "Popanying". The first pioneers arrived in 1893, mainly railway construction workers and their families, and the town became one of the original sidings on the Great Southern Railway. Popanyinning became an agricultural trading post where settlers could buy supplies or conduct business with incoming or outgoing railway traffic. Today it has a population of less than 100.

This general store in the photo reflects the history of Popanyinning. A residence these days, it was constructed in 1920 and operated as a general store until its closure in 1962. It has a Rosella foods sign painted on one side wall and a Shell Motor Spirits sign (from when it sold petroleum from a pump on the footpath) on the other.


The railway station was originally built in 1889 before the townsite even existed. Passenger services continued to run through here until 1978. These days only grain trains pass though without a pause. The station has been lovingly restored and renovated. 


History

The town's name is derived from Pingeculling Rocks, the Aboriginal name of a rocky gully 13 km north of the town. Settlers referred to the place as Pingegully for some years before the railway arrived, and the Pingelly spelling was first used following construction of the railway.

The town is located on the Great Southern Railway, a private railway built by the Western Australian Land Company and opened in 1889. Pingegully was one of the original sidings on the rail line when it opened, being 10 km away from a town called Mourambine. A new settlement sprung up around the siding and Mourambine fell into decline.

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