"Keeweechic's Katanning" Katanning by keeweechic

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Katanning is one of the most central towns of the Western Australian wheatbelt area. The first Europeans into the area were Governor James Stirling accompanied by his surveyor General John Septimus Roe in 1835. They were enroute from Perth to Albany and both noted that the area was rich with both the soil and quality of grazing grass. During the 1840’s Elijah Quartermaine, followed the initial observation and started grazing sheep in the area. He became the largest landholder in the area.

Probably the most important person in the founding of the town was Frederick Piesse. He was the one that had the forsight in the towns potential and who was responsible for bringing the Great Southern Railway into the town. Piesse was a founding father of the town.

The name Katanning has several meanings. Some say that the name came about from the local Aboriginal word “kartanup’ which means clear pool of sweet water. Some say that Katanning comes from the meaning ‘meeting place’. Then there is another interpretation that says that Katanning comes from an Aboriginal woman named Kate Ann or Kate Anning.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks. (c) keeweechic 2001-2009 (copyright)

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