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Thundelarra 
Location in Western Australia

Thundelarra is a conservation reserve that was previously run as a pastoral lease in Western Australia, located 70 kilometres (43 mi) south east of Yalgoo and 160 kilometres (99 mi) north of Dalwallinu in the Murchison region. [1]

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Description

It was a traditional sheep station until having the lease transferred to a nature conservation estate in 2006. [2] Recognised as an important parcel of land that links the western and eastern end of other conservation estates, also once pastoral leases which were purchased since 1995. The area lies in the Yalgoo IBRA region and is characterised by open mulga woodlands and sandy scrubland. The area is rich in ephemerals and is noted for its rich wildflower displays in spring. [3]

History

Prior to 1891 the station was owned by Samuel Eakins and S. F. Moore. [4] These partners sold the property in 1897, at the time it occupied an area of 200,000 acres (80,937 ha) and was carrying 1,490 sheep, 7 head of cattle and 10 horses. [5]

Dingoes were a large problem at the station, prompting the station owner, Chas Beaton, to write to the Minister of Lands to ask that the bounty for dingoes to be increased. [6] The station continued to prosper with it selling 76 bales of wool at the Colonial Wool Sales in London in 1906, [7] and then 106 bales in 1907. [8]

A carpenter named Philip Lothar Scheer, committed suicide at the station in 1910. Donald Beaton, E.A Marsh and H. Stanbridge were empanelled on the jury to conduct an inquest to the mans death. They determined that Scheer died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot to the mouth while in a fit of temporary insanity. [9]

The station sold 167 bales of wool at the London wool sales in January 1910, [10] followed by 87 bales in December the same year [11] then another 85 bales in February 1911 [12] and 25 more bales in April the same year.

The flock size in 1912 was estimated at 15,000 sheep with shearing set to commence in early September in the 6 stand shearing shed. [13]

The lessee in 2012 was the Conservation and Land Management Executive body.

Lignum Swamp

The station also contains the 13,500 hectares (33,359 acres) Thundelarra Lignum Swamp. The wetland is a shrub dominated fresh water marsh with a sandy-clay bed. It lies in a sump that is slightly undulating interspersed with low rocky hills. The wetland receives water from a creek system that originated in a range situated about 25 km away. Filling every five to ten years the wetland reaches a depth of about 1.5m and is regarded as an important habitat and breeding ground for water birds. [14]

Fiction

The Quidditch team the Thundelarra Thunders has been associated with the name.

See also

Notes

  1. Palmer, Alex. Palmer, Alex. Yalgoo, p. 161-164
  2. "Annual Pastoral Land Condition Report 2006/2007" (PDF). 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  3. "Landscope Expeditions Programs 2006". 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  4. "News and notes". The West Australian . Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 5 June 1891. p. 3. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  5. "Advertising". Western Mail . Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 8 January 1897. p. 14. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  6. "The Dingo pest". The West Australian . Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 18 July 1904. p. 9. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  7. "Colonial Wool Sales". Western Mail . Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 31 March 1906. p. 34. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  8. "Commercial News". Albany Advertiser . Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 27 March 1907. p. 4. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  9. "Thundelarra Tragedy". Geraldton Guardian . Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 18 January 1910. p. 3. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  10. "Finance and commerce". The West Australian . Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 28 January 1910. p. 4. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  11. "London Wool Sales". Sunday Times . Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 11 December 1910. p. 24. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  12. "Finance and Commerce". The West Australian . Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 3 February 1911. p. 7. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  13. "Shearing Dates". Western Mail . Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 13 July 1912. p. 8. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  14. "Australian Heritage database - Thundelarra Lignum swamp". 2011-05-15.

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Coordinates: 28°53′31″S117°07′50″E / 28.89194°S 117.13056°E / -28.89194; 117.13056