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Katanning Railway Station (fmr)


Shire of Katanning

Place Number

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Austral Tce Katanning

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Kanwork Option Centre

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1889

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
RHP - Does not warrant assessment Current 29 Jul 2005

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 1

Category 1

• Possible state or national significance. • Highest level of protection appropriate.

Statement of Significance

The railway station has historical, social and cultural significance in that the railway greatly widened opportunities for the district, greatly reducing their dependence on horse and dray or mail coach and opening up the town as a tourist destination.
The station building would have been a central point of activity for the new town and the first point of contact for visitors. The railway made possible ventures such as the flourmill, provided employment and made Katanning the "heart" of the Great Southern region.
The station buildings, which have remained very much intact, also add to the streetscape of Austral Terrace.

Physical Description

Building is of brick and corrugated iron construction with wide overhanding eaves, supported by large cantilevered timber brackets. Slight alterations and some additions have occurred. The brickwork is laid in English bond and is set above a rendered plinth, with windows being double hung sashes and doors are mostly four-panel timber.


The original railway station was constructed early in 1889, when the railway line was established. The railway was officially opened in February 1889, with settlers from all over the district gathering to meet the first trainload of passengers.
It was not only as a railway station that this site was important to Katanning. In 1890 the first school classes were held in the stations former corrugated iron kitchen and this was to continue until the town had its first purpose built school in 1894.
The old goods shed was pulled down in 1904 to allow for improvements, which included large railway yards and a new goods shed. The station buildings also underwent some improvements.
In the mid 1960s the railway discontinued passenger travel and was subsequently used as a goods service only. Kanwork leased office space in the old station building, where they have been from since 1991.


Name Type Year From Year To
George Temple Poole (PWD) Architect 1889 -


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
"Newspaper Article" Great Southern herald; 16/4/04

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use GOVERNMENTAL Office or Administration Bldg
Original Use Transport\Communications Rail: Railway Station
Other Use EDUCATIONAL Technical School

Architectural Styles

Victorian Free Classical

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS Rail & light rail transport

Creation Date

27 May 1997

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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