History

Waroona - In The Beginning

From the days when Aborigines roamed the coastal areas in spring or summer and the hills in winter, the Waroona area has provided a home and a challenge for generations.

Settlers began to arrive in the area in the late 1830's, although Drakesbrook (later to be known as Waroona) did not come into its own until the Pinjarra to Picton railway line was opened on August 22nd, 1893. The town was boosted by the building of the railway, for which local timber was milled, and when the railway was extended many more settlers came to the district.

The town catered to the needs of the mill workers with a post office, general store, blacksmith, a number of hotels come boarding houses, churches, doctor and dentist. The farms supplied butter, fruit and vegetables for the men of the mills, and chaff for the horse teams that hauled the logs.

As in many of the small towns of the time, dances, picnics and football formed the core of social life within the community and to this day Waroona still proves to be a successful sporting and extremely social community.

Today agriculture (beef, dairy, fresh produce and crops) as well as tourism are important contributors to the local economy.

For more detailed information on the history of the Waroona Shire please do not hesitate to visit the Waroona Library, Cnr Thatcher & Hesse Streets or telephone on 9733 7822, the Waroona Tourist and Information Centre, South West Highway or telephone on 9733 1506, or contact the Waroona Historical Society President Debra Tyler on 9739 1031. If you wish to view our Pioneeri History timeline click here.

Drakesbrook Days & Waroona Years

Drakesbrook Days & Waroona Years coverYou also have the opportunity to purchase the "Drakesbrook Days & Waroona Years" publication, written by Laurie Snell which is an illustrated history of the Waroona Shire. The cost of the book is $27.50 (incl GST) and if required the book can be posted for an additional $5.00 (incl GST). If you wish to purchase a copy of the book please follow the instructions listed below:

Where to get Drakesbrook Days & Waroona Years
In Person Shire of Waroona Administration
Office 52 Hesse Street
WAROONA WA 6215
By Mail Shire of Waroona
PO Box 20
WAROONA WA 6215
By fax (08) 9733 1883
 By Phone (with a credit card) (08) 9733 1883