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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

 

Dear Viewers
Welcome to our Website in its "Ninth Year".
It is with great pleasure that we are able to present our viewers with a comprehensive journey through the history of the district of Pickering Brook, Karragullen and surrounding areas.
We have received so many remarkable contacts as a result of our information and equally remarkable it has allowed old friends to make contact and family histories to be completed.
Our small group of “Dad’s Army” has again made an important impact on the preservation of history in the region.  I am pleased to announce that the construction of our latest building, being an agricultural display shed is now completed and we hope to celebrate an “Open Day” in the near future.
Each year we enjoy social events that have all proved to be a great success and at the same time remembering the “days gone by”.

BEVERLEY GIUMELLI

 

 

 

The Old Time Dance has now become an annual event and enjoyed by all who attend.  Equally, the Bush Poets’ Night has added another enjoyable date to our calendar.
ANZAC Day is a highlight for the group and our numbers are growing each year and it is a very moving and emotional celebration.  Last year we were again delighted to have the Pickering Brook Primary School involved for the whole service.  Thanks to the School for their participation.
Take a little time to browse through the photos of the day and remember this small community and the “Returned Soldiers” who took up land within the Returned Soldier Scheme and who helped make this a memorable day.
It is important for us to continue to record and preserve the history of our beautiful district and surrounding areas for our children and grandchildren.
We are sure that you will enjoy your journey down memory lane and find new and exciting bits of information that will help you put all the pieces together.
If you have any information that may be added to our collection please contact our Webmaster Gordon Freegard.

Beverley 
President

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

HERITAGE GROUP ACTIVITIES CALENDAR  2017   UPDATED OCTOBER 2017

Dates will be confirmed on this Calendar
If you wish to visit the Pickering Broook Heritage Park at any other time please contact; Beverley Giumelli  9293 8203

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST RELEASE OF OUR NEW SERIES 2018 CALENDAR
Ideal gift for Christmas only $10.00  Features Canning Mills
 Postage $2.50

 

NOVEMBER

 

 

 

Sunday 5th

Pickering Brook HERITAGE PARK Open Day 2.00p.m. till 4.00p.m.

     

DECEMBER

 

 

     
     

2018
JANUARY

 

 

     
     

FEBRUARY

 

 

 

Wednesday 28th

Committee Meeting 8.00p.m.  Pickering Brook School Library

     

MARCH

 

 

 

Sunday 4th

Pickering Brook HERITAGE PARK Open Day 2.00p.m. till 4.00p.m.

     

APRIL

 

 

 

Wednesday 25th

PICKERING BROOK ANZAC DAY SERVICE Dawn Service 6.00a.m.

     
 

Wednesday 25th

Committee Meeting 8.00p.m.  Pickering Brook School Library

     

MAY

 

 

 

Sunday 6th

Pickering Brook HERITAGE PARK Open Day 2.00p.m. till 4.00p.m.

     

JUNE

 

 

 

Wednesday 27th

Committee Meeting 8.00p.m.  Pickering Brook School Library

     

JULY

 

 

 

Sunday 1st

Pickering Brook HERITAGE PARK Open Day 2.00p.m. till 4.00p.m.

     

AUGUST

 

 

 

Wednesday 22nd

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 7.30p.m..Pickering Brook School Library

   

Committee Meeting 8.00p.m.  Pickering Brook School Library

     

SEPTEMBER

 

 

 

Sunday 2nd

Pickering Brook HERITAGE PARK Open Day 2.00p.m. till 4.00p.m.

     

OCTOBER

 

 

 

Saturday 6th

PERTH HILLS FESTIVAL, KARRAGULLEN 9.00a.m. till 4.30p.m.

     
 

Wednesday 24th

Committee Meeting 8.00p.m.  Pickering Brook School Library

     

NOVEMBER

 

 

 

Sunday 4th

Pickering Brook HERITAGE PARK Open Day 2.00p.m. till 4.00p.m.

     

DECEMBER

 

 

     

 

 

PICKERING BROOK, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Pickering  Brook is a small  town  situated  in the  Darling  Ranges  south-east of Perth, Western  Australia. It is mainly Orchard  country  surrounded  by  State Forest Reserves of magnificent Jarrah and Marri trees supplemented with hundreds of colourful  wildflowers. The hillsides  have row after  row of fruit  trees  with fresh water streams  meandering  through  the  bottom of the valleys.  A  truly  beautiful  place  in which to reside and to  enjoy  the  peace  and quiet of the bush surroundings, with only a 30 minute drive to the city. But please don't tell everyone about our secret otherwise they will all want to come and live up here.

 

NAMING OF PICKERING BROOK

The 341 ton sailing ship "Atwick" was under the command of Captain Hugh McKay when she left London with passengers and general cargo bound for Western Australia. She carried two guns and had a crew of 20 men. She arrived in the Swan River Colony on October 19th, 1829.

Forty-eight year old agriculturalist Capt. Edward Picking (aka Pickering) from Gainborough, was a passenger on board. His servant William Hyde (aka Hide) was also on board. He applied for a land grant the same day as he stepped from the boat. He farmed in several places in Western Australia. In 1834 he was assigned 3000 acres, but this was lost due to non-payment of location fees. Was Postmaster in Perth in 1841. In 1844 he became Clerk of the Roads Trust and called tenders for Canning Bridge in 1846. It appears that he made several exploratory journeys along the Helena River. In the Hand Book of Western Australia, there is a map dated 1835 which shows the Helena River and a tributary, "Picking Ck" flowing north into it. All other maps show the tributary as "Pickering Brook" and one can only conclude that it has , over the years, been corrupted into "Pickering". About 4 miles west of the creek or brook is the settlement of  Pickering Brook. It seems that when the Canning Jarrah Timber Company Ltd. owned the Upper Darling Range Railway, a log line running in an easterly direction, was built from a point on the main line somewhere below Monument Hill. That point was of course, a junction and before the railway was taken over by the Government, was known as Pickering Junction. Later it was called Pickering Brook, presumably because the Government did not acquire the log line. 

The place name of Pickering Brook was used. Because of its proximity to the water catchment country, settlement was not encouraged, and a named  townsite was not formed. A townsite was formed about 2 miles east on 22nd January 1922 and it was known as "Beamulla", an aboriginal word meaning "Black Cockatoo". At a meeting of the Pickering Brook Progress Association, a request was made to the Under Secretary of Land, requesting a change of name. The reply dated 26th December  1923, presented three names for consideration. The name Carilla, on the recommendation of the Surveyor General was gazetted on the 17th February 1926, replacing Beamulla. Carilla is the Aboriginal name for "running water". In 1952 the location of Carilla was cancelled and Pickering Brook formally encompassed the whole area. The town site of Pickering Brook was gazetted on 12th January 1973.

ENTRANCE TO HERITAGE PARK ON PICKERING BROOK ROAD, NEXT TO PRIMARY SCHOOL 2008  #1
 

GENERAL VIEW OF HERITAGE PARK 2008  #3

VIEW OF HERITAGE PARK 2008 SHOWING THE FORMER BARTONS MILL PRISON CHAPEL WITH PRISONERS CELL BLOCK TO THE  RIGHT, WHICH WERE OBTAINED FROM THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE & C.A.L.M. AND RE-LOCATED TO THE PARK   #2

VIEW OF HERITAGE PARK 2008 SHOWING MACHINERY SHED  #4

 

References:      Article:         Kalamunda of the Dreamtime 
                                         Cala Munnda, a Home in the Forest

                       Images:      1, 2, 3, 4 Gordon Freegard

 

 

 

 

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