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First School Site Memorial


Shire of Katanning

Place Number

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Austral Tce Katanning

Location Details

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1989, Constructed from 1889

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
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Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
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Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 4

Category 4

• Historic Site

Statement of Significance

This site is historically and socially significant, as it marks the first official attempt to give the children of Katanning an education. The success of the classes and the continued growth in population, particularly due to the railway line, eventually led to more formal and permanent educational services being established.

Physical Description

The original railway station kitchen was a corrugated iron construction. Nothing remains of this building. The concrete cairn is a pyramid shaped with a bronze plaque.


With many families now settling in the new town, the children were in need of some local educational facility. As a result, school classes opened in 1890 under the supervision of Mary Bell. The classes were held in the former kitchen for the railway station, which was one of the first buildings constructed by the WA Land Company for the Beverly to Albany line. The classes did move from there to Piesse's Hall for a brief period, until 1894 when the first purpose build government school was erected.
The cairn was erected during the centenary of Katanning in 1989 and a time capsule placed inside. This time capsule was made up from some of the items in the time capsule originally placed under the Piesse Memorial in 1914, with some additional items added.


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Bignell M; "A Place to Meet: a History of the Shire of Katanning Western Australia". UWA Press 1981
"Katanning-Piesse Heritage Trail (brochure),". HCWA 1988

Place Type

Historic site


Epoch General Specific
Original Use MONUMENT\CEMETERY Monument
Present Use MONUMENT\CEMETERY Monument

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall CONCRETE Concrete Block

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Famous & infamous people
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Education & science

Creation Date

27 May 1997

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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