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Katanning Hotel


Shire of Katanning

Place Number

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42-52 Austral Tce Katanning

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Katanning Unit Hotel

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1898

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
Statewide Hotel Survey Completed 01 Nov 1997

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 2

Category 2

• Of very considerable significance to the Shire of Katanning. • High level of protection appropriate.

Statement of Significance

The Katanning Hotel was one of the first hotels in Katanning and is an essential part of the streetscape of Austral Terrace. It is associated with many prominent people of the town, including the Piesse family and George McLeod. As well as being a hotel, it has been the site for many social gatherings, including Anglican Church services.

Physical Description

Two-storey Federation Italianate style building in a five bay rhythm with each end terminated by a turret room. Balustrades terminate roofline parapets. The two-storey verandah is carried on turned posts with a simple balustrade. All joinery is timber and remains authentic. There are internal changes.


The original single-storey wood and iron hotel was erected in 1889 by the Piesse Bros., but it was burnt to the ground in a fire in 1893 (which also resulted in the loss of an infant). "The hotel was rebuilt on its present site in 1898 and Mr George McLeod jnr purchased the goodwill and freehold". [GSH, 1/10/65. p.8] After the Second World War the Swan Brewery bought the hotel and completely modernised it.
In 1965 the hotel again underwent extensive renovations. The two bar areas also underwent changes such as the ceiling being lowered and new acoustic tiles used to line the roof. Mr and Mrs Southern, who were the then licensees, carried out these renovations. Although the addition of the units - created by joining existing rooms together - reduced the number of rooms from 35 to 27, the rooms were fitted with the most modern fittings and appliances, including vinyl tiles, infrared heaters, bars and special bathroom and shower facilities.




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Nomination form
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
Original Use COMMERCIAL Hotel, Tavern or Inn
Present Use COMMERCIAL Hotel, Tavern or Inn

Architectural Styles

Federation Italianate

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities
OCCUPATIONS Hospitality industry & tourism

Creation Date

31 Jan 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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