Yornup, Western Australia

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Yornup
Western Australia
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Yornup Town Hall (Est 1913)
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Yornup
Coordinates 34°03′22″S116°10′12″E / 34.056°S 116.17°E / -34.056; 116.17 Coordinates: 34°03′22″S116°10′12″E / 34.056°S 116.17°E / -34.056; 116.17
Established1889
Postcode(s) 6256
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes
State electorate(s) Blackwood-Stirling
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Yornup is a small town in the South West region of Western Australia, situated between Bridgetown and Manjimup on the South Western Highway.

Yornup's name is of Noongar origin. It was primarily a milling settlement, and Greenacres Mill continues to this day. A timber company, Lewis and Reid, built a mill in town that was sold in 1923 to Bunning Brothers who upgraded the mill in 1935 and continued to operate until 1951 when the Donnelly River mill commenced operations. [1]

A railway line between the Donnelly Mill and Yornup was built in 1948 and remained in use until the last steam train was retired in 1970. [2]

At one point, Yornup had a school, post office, hall and stores; only the hall remains today, used for community dances. The school was relocated to the rear of 144 Hampton Street, Bridgetown, in March 1996 in anticipation of the construction of a heritage precinct which never eventuated. A large Western Power substation is located in the town, and an industrial estate is proposed for the area.

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References

  1. "Register of Heritage Places - Assessment Documentation" (PDF). 1991. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  2. "Morowa Historical Society - Ghosttowns of Western Australia" (PDF). 2000. Retrieved 7 November 2010.