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All students, teachers and parents
are invited to the

Glenorchy School Reunion
and
Unveiling of the Plaque

Sunday 6th March 2005
from 10.00 am
Unveiling of the Plaque at 2pm

at Glenorchy School site
BYO Picnic & Chairs
(BBQ Utilities Available)

Contact
Friends of Glenorchy School
Nena Park - 9863 1037
Gail Cochrane - 9833 2258
Janette Whitaker - 9863 1056

 

 

Duranillin

Duranillin (post code WA 6393) is a located on the Darkan South Road, 24 kms south of Darkan.  It sits at the geographical centre of the Shire of West Arthur, close to the banks of the Arthur River.  It is 8 kms north of Lake Towerrinning.  See map on Darkan home page.

Duranillin may have a sleepy look about it, but it is an important local supply point for goods and services, and is the social hub for many farming families.  Every now and again Duranillin comes alive as local events attract people from all over.  Probably the highlight of the year is when Father Christmas comes to town (on his very own fire truck!) and the community comes together to enjoy the hospitality of local businesses at a good old fashioned Aussie barbeque under the stars.

The Duranillin township was established circa 1916 when the Collie-Wagin railway line went through.   The first building was the store built by Lewis Hibble and was followed in the 1920s by a few settlers.   Railway workmen's and their families made up the main population of Duranillin until 1968 when railway employees were transferred out of the town.  A major timber mill, operated by the Hughes family for 25 years until it closed in the 1960s, also employed 3 or 4 families.

Duranillin currently has a population of 27 and 10 residences.   The Post Office services some 40 properties in the outlying farming district, on its bi-weekly 150 km round trip.  

Duranillin offers the closest shopping facilities to the popular Lake Towerrinning.  Visitors should note the Moodiarrup Store is no longer open.

Around Duranillin

STORES

Dura General & Liquor Store

Standing on the site of the first building built at Duranillin, Dura General sells a wide range of  foodstuffs & goods, including fuel & liquor.  It is also agent for Australia Post.

Duranillin Agencies

Officially opened in 1963, Duranillin Agencies sells a wide range of general and farm supplies.  Click Here to visit web page.

PUBLIC FACILITIES & BUILDINGS

Duranillin Playground

Opened in 1999, with the support of local businesses, the playground provides an excellent place for kids to let of steam.  New seating makes it a pleasant place for adults too. 

KB's Trees

Provides a shady place to have a break alongside the abandoned railway station. "KB" refers to Ken Thompson BEM, who came to Duranillin with his wife Biddy in 1929 when they purchased the local store (Dura Gen).  In 1979 "KB" was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of his services to Australia Post and to the people of the District.  In 1987 the local Council honoured Ken by conferring on him the title of Freeman of the Shire of West Arthur.

Duranillin Health Clinic

Opened in 1957, this building is still used by local mothers for appointments with the visiting Community Nurse from Williams.

Duranillin Hall

Opened in May 1966, on the site of the original Hall built in 1929, the Duranillin Hall is a venue for dancing, social functions and meetings, and was once home to a popular badminton club.    The building is maintained in excellent condition by a local committee and is available for bookings.

Duranillin School

Opened in 1937, enrolments peaked at 30 before the school closed in 1970, when there were only 6 students enrolled.  A School Restoration Committee aims to preserve the school as an example of the "one teacher" country school as they existed in rural Western Australia.

Public Telephone & Toilets

A public telephone is situated in front of the playground.

Toilets are located on the side road parallel to Farrell Road, behind Dura General & Liquor.

Duranillin Oval

No longer used as a football oval, it is currently used every second year for the "Duranillin Auction", organised by the Moodiarrup Sports Complex Inc.  (Due April 2006)

Council Representation
Duranillin sits in the South-East ward of the Shire is represented on Council by Mrs Sue Stock and Mr Bill Johnston.

State & Commonwealth Representation
Duranillin is represented in the Legislative Assembly by Mr Terry Waldron MLA, Member for Wagin, and in the House of Representatives by Mr Wilson Tuckey MP, Member for O'Connor.

If you have any suggestions or would like to make a contribution to this page, please contact the West Arthur Telecentre - click here for our contact details, or click here to email us.



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