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Rogers' Central Store


Shire of Katanning

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100-108 Clive St Katanning

Location Details

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1904

Demolition Year


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Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

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Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 3

Category 3

• Significant as an individual building within the Shire

Statement of Significance

W J Rogers was an important member of the Katanning community and a very successful retailer who began with modest premises and expanded into his larger Central Store. Rogers was also a major influence in the move to buy the Roller Flour Mill when it ran into trouble in the mid 1920s.
Other important contributions Rogers made to the town was his assistance (along with Richardson) in helping the Katanning Silver Band keep their new instruments, which were under threat of repossession with the advent of the Depression. Rogers also was involved in the establishment of the CWA in Katanning.
The store therefore has historical significance and social significance, being one of the largest retailers in the Great Southern
The building also adds to the streetscape of Clive Street, with its other retail stores and banks.

Physical Description

The former store is a two-storey brick building, with a flat corrugated iron roof concealed by a parapet. The verandah has been removed so that the fa?ade now appears stark. The fa<pade has been rendered and all the joinery has been replaced, including all the shop fronts. An undercover walkway was added to the arcade in April 2001.


In 1901, W J Rogers arrived in Katanning and set about establishing his store. He purchased CA Harris's Central Store in Clive Street. By 1904 Rogers was ready to build his own much larger premises. In July 1904 tenders were called for the new Roger's Store, the architect being F W Burwell of Fremantle. [GSH, 23/7/04] The new two-storey brick building had two entrances from Clive Street and three big windows for the drapery, boots, ironmongery and groceries. There was also provision for a big storeroom on the ground floor and on the top floor there was an extensive showroom and spacious living quarters for the family. [GSH, 30/07/04]
The store is now occupied by various businesses, including Bakehouse Jeans, AMP Society and a travel centre.




Name Type Year From Year To
F W Burwell Architect 1904 -


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
"Newspaper Article" Great Southern herald; 23/1/1904
"Newspaper Article". Great Southern Herald, 30/07/1904
Bignell M; "A Place to Meet: a History of the Shire of Katanning Western Australia". UWA Press 1981

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use COMMERCIAL Shopping Complex
Original Use COMMERCIAL Shop\Retail Store {single}

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries
PEOPLE Famous & infamous people

Creation Date

27 May 1997

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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