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

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 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