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Heart of the Stirlings

The town is presumed to have got its name from an Aboriginal word ‘Ngow’ which means Malleefowl or from ‘gnowneerup’ which means the ‘place of the mallee hen eggs’. The Mallefowl were plentiful in this area until the land began being developed into farmland. The Aboriginals tribe of the Goreng Noongars lived on the surrounding plains for thousands of years. It wasn’t until around the mid 1800’s that Europeans arrived and established camps around Borden, later moving into the Gowangerup area. The town was gazetted and named in 1904. The railway line arrived in 1912 which spurred the growth of settlers.

Gnowangerup is one of three towns in the Gnowangerup Shire. The others are Ongerup and Borden. The Shire also takes in the Stirling Range National Park.

Today the town is small with around 630 people living there. Some 2,500 people actually live in the Shire. Predominantly sheep and beef cattle are raised and crops such as lupins, peas, barley, wheat and linseed are grown. Merino sheep which were introduced into the town in 1916 are now a major feature of the district

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