About Walpole & Districts

Despite its small stature, the tidy town of Walpole and its surrounding districts is immensely proud of its place in the world, which is stunningly beautiful and is home to a rich natural and cultural heritage.

We honour and celebrate our place and our people in this series of articles:


WA’s 200th library

In May 1982 the Walpole library became the 200th State Library. This milestone brought the then president of the State Library Board, Mr Robert Sharman, to the town for the official function to recognise this status. Also present were Mr HD Evans (MLA for Warren) Mr Colin Crombie (Manjimup Shire… Continue reading

Smith’s Mill at Bow Bridge

Shook production at Smith's Mill in the 1940s

In December 1954 I arrived as a new bride to the Bow Bridge district where my husband, Bruce Smith, together with his father, Jim, owned and operated a sawmill. The mill was originally built by Jim’s twin brother Jack in 1938, who along with his wife Marie lived in an… Continue reading

The last can of cream

A cream can. Pic source: www.carnamah.com.au

In April 1979 the last can of cream left Walpole & Districts. Gordon Brass was the dairy farmer who firmly pushed down the lid on the can and joined the ranks of bulk milk producers in the area. Gordon and his family farmed on a North Walpole property which was… Continue reading

The last post

Early in 2014 a member of Walpole’s Tidy Towns group re-erected an old post on the corner of Pier Street and Cooper Lane. The axe cuts on the post sparked his interest. What was the significance of this post? What is its story? In 1927 a “group 138” settler built… Continue reading

The last exchange

1982 marked the end of an era in Walpole & Districts when the last two manual telelphone exchanges were connected to the subscriber trunk dialling (STD) network. Nornalup was the first to go in April 1982; Jarrah Glen in June 1982. Mrs Kirree Shaw manned the Nornalup exchange for 21… Continue reading

The first Tinglewood

One fateful day in October 1978, the community of Walpole & Districts woke to the news that Tinglewood Homestead, the renowned guest house, had been destroyed by fire. Feelings of shock and disbelief spread throughout the region at this news. The beautiful, historic property on the Deep River was an… Continue reading