Balston Estate


Shire of Katanning

Place Number



71 Adam St Katanning

Location Details

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1920 to 1922

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 2

Statement of Significance

The original house forms part of what is now known as Balston Estate. It is a good example of a 1920s farmhouse / estate in close proximity to the town centre. It alludes to themes of occupations as well as settlement. The building style is quite unique to the area. The Balston's were also significant members of the Katanning district, not only for their farming but also as committee members of the Road Board (Mr Balston) and Marloo Club (Mrs Balston). Their estate is one of three such estates that form part of the vanguard of pioneer sheep-farmers in the Katanning and Kojonup region.

Physical Description

Comments: Le. style, additional, modifications etc. An inter-war, asymmetrical bungalow set in generous grounds, with a high pitched and gabled roof. Lower walls are brick and upper walls are roughcast render. The front is divided into three bays. The central bay is gabled with polygonal bay beneath a flat roof verandah on Tuscan columns. Lead light double hung windows flank the semi-circular porch with tiles sunhoods over and traditional gables. An extension has been built on the right hand side and a pergola and carport added to the left. The original stable is now used as a shed and is connected to the house by the carport. The house is set in large grounds with a circular drive with plantings of native trees and palms.


The Balston Estate, which was built for Mr and Mrs Baltson took about seven years to complete. The site was originally 200 acres and the Balston's used to keep sheep and grow wheat, barley and lupins. The house also had an elaborate English-style garden.




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
National Trust Assessment Form

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Original Use FARMING\PASTORAL Homestead

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof TILE Other Tile
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Wall RENDER Other Render

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Grazing, pastoralism & dairying

Creation Date

27 May 1997

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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