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Arthur River

Arthur River town site is on the Albany Highway about half way between Perth and Albany, which makes it a convenient fuel stop for travellers. There are two fuel and food outlets. The Mobil Arthur River Roadhouse, supplying a Take-Away and sit down menu and the Arthur River general store, supplying basic grocery items, liquor and Post Office.

 

The first settlers moved into the area in the 1850s after the completion of the road from Albany to Perth.  At this time a small settlement grew up on the Albany Road at Arthur River.  Today the remnants of that settlement can still be seen with the Police Barracks and Gaol dating back to 1866, the Mount Pleasant Inn (1869), and St Paul's Church (1885).  By the end of the century Arthur River was the major centre in the area.

 

The Arthur River area has many historical buildings, some of which have been restored.  The Old Kitchen Mount Pleasant Inn was built by James Spratt in 1869 to cater for travellers, shepherds, sandalwood cutters and settlers.  The Police barracks (just south of Arthur River) have been restored and are used to house the Stonehaven Kraft and Koffee Shop.

The Arthur Wool Shed Group, comprising the shearing shed, shearers quarters, the sheep dip and the concrete cricket pitch, is located at the corner of the Wagin Road and Albany Highway on the property of Gary and Christina Robinson. The shed, quarters and cricket pitch were established in 1910, with the sheep dip constructed in 1953. In the 1950s the owners established community shearing facilities at the place, enabling local farmers to bring their sheep to one central point for shearing.

The Arthur Wool Shed Group is an important indicator of what has been a major economic, social and cultural aspect of rural Western Australia.  The place holds significance as a communal icon and landmark for both local residents and also for travelers on Albany Highway, given the prominent location of the building.  Over the last 3 years, extensive restoration work has been undertaken by its present owners.                                 

In March 2002, the Arthur Wool Shed Group was listed on the Register of Heritage Places, a register compiled by the Heritage Council of Western Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  

 

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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