Greenough Travel Guide

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Greenough Things to Do

  • St Peter's Bell

    St Peters bell was cast in Dublin in 1879 at Murphy’s Foundry. It didn’t always sit outside, it used to be in St Peters Chapel that first stood outside Clinch’s Mill and was damaged during a flooding. The bell was used to announce the Angelus which were the prayers which were said three times a day to commemorate the incarnation.

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  • St Peter's Church

    Built in 1908 this stone church is still conducting services today. The church was built to replace an earlier one which was damaged by flood in 1888. Some of the stones of the original church were used in the construction of this present church.

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  • Hackett's Cottage

    This was Ned Hackett and his wife Harriet’s cottage. It was built following the disastrous floods of 1888. Ned ran the original general store as well as provided services such as a carpenter and cobbler, blacksmith and undertaker.

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  • St Peters School

    When Ned Goodwin died, the church knocked out a wall made use of the home and became St Peters School. The cottage shows some of the items of the Goodwin’s including their portraits.

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  • Goodwins Cottage

    This cottage was built by Ned Goodwin in 1890 and he and his wife lived there until 1912. Ned was a retired policeman and his home was built by the Catholic Church

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  • The Furnishings

    The furniture and other items in the priests house was all furnished by the Catholic Church. After Monsignor Hawes moved out, the house was used as a boarding house and some of the older students at the Convent School stayed there.

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  • The Presbytery

    The Catholic Presbytery was built out of limestone in 1900 and over 30 years had a number of priests living there. One of the best known was Monsignor Hawes who was a well known architect and was responsible for building a number of beautiful churches. He was actually the last priest to live in the Presbytery.

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  • Boarding School

    In 1901 they moved to Dongara and the Presentation Sisters took over the building. They turned the school room into a dormitory and ran a boarding school for boys. There were extensions built on the west side which are no longer there. When the boarding school closed down, the old convent was then leased as a residence to the O’Brien family. They...

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  • The Convent

    The L-shaped convent was originally the home to some New Zealand Dominican Sisters and was built in 1898. They used to run a day school (known as St Joseph’s School) in the largest room of the convent for both boys and girls.

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  • The Post Office

    The Post Office was only included from 1874. Prior to this the town used messengers to deliver the telegrams and the mail. It seems that women ran the post office and she was usually single.

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  • The Stables

    Behind the courthouse are the old stone stables which open out in the courtyard. This is where the police horses were housed. Despite the high windows, there is a story that a town drunk got into the stables and proceeded to cut off the tails of the horses just to spite the Police Sergeant. Somehow he managed to escape.There was a Bobtail making...

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  • Visitor Centre

    The only way to visit the settlement is via the General Store or what is now the Visitor Centre. There is an admission at the counter in the tearoom and you will be given a layout of the settlement with information on the buildings. You are then at liberty to wander at leisure through the settlement. They are open 9.00am to 5.00pm daily. (except...

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  • The Well

    There is a well in the courtyard which was the area’s only water supply. The depth was around 70ft and the water apparently was pretty awful to drink.

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  • A Matter of Convenience

    There are a couple of outdoor toilets at the read of the old courthouse, these were for use by everyone other than the Magistrate who had his own private loo.

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  • The Courtyard

    The Courtyard was out the back of the police station and was the exercise yard for the prisoners while they were awaiting trial.

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  • The Private Quarters

    The Police Sergeant had his own separate quarters. They were quite roomy and comfortable for him and his family. There are furnishings and items in the residence of that time.

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  • The Police Kitchen

    In this kitchen, this was where meals for the prisoners were prepared. Sometimes it became necessary for it to be turned into sleeping quarters for the policemen.

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  • The Courtroom

    The courtroom in the complex had a dual purpose. It was used not only for trying cases but also as a meeting room for the Road Board until 1906. Surprisingly the courtroom was subjected to people trying to break into it and not out of it and bars were put on the windows.

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  • The Courthouse

    The Courthouse had its first Resident Magistrate in 1865. This was two years after Police were first stationed in the area. During this time unrest between the locals and the aboriginals was on the rise and was too much for the magistrate from Champion Bay who serviced the district. Before the court house was built, Donahue’s Barn was used.

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  • Ticket-of-Leave

    These term was given to a document for prisoners when granting their freedom to work. They had to live and work within a particular district until their sentence was fully served or they were granted a pardon. They could own property and hire themselves out. Part of the condition of TOL was that they must attend church and also appear before the...

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  • Short Term Accommodation

    The prisoners were kept in these lock-up cells until sentencing. When the prisoner was convicted, they were then transported to Geraldton to serve their term.

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  • The Cells

    The prison cells were not designed for long term stayers. There were 5 cells altogether. The white prisoners were held in 4 of them and the other one was kept for Aboriginals prisoners. They were chained up in the cells to and iron bar on the back wall.

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  • Police Station

    Greenough had its first police station in 1863 and this Police Station was built in 1870 by convicts. It is part of a large complex involving the courthouse, cells and stables.

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  • Stained Glass Windows

    The lovely stained glass windows were also salvaged from the original church and these along with all the furniture had been sent out from England.

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  • St Catherines Church

    This is the second St Catherine’s Church, the first was built in 1893 of timber and was a feeding ground for white ants (termites). It was badly damaged and a new one had to be built in 1913. When the new church was built of stone this time, any fittings etc that were able to be saved were used in the new church. These fittings, including the...

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  • St Catherine’s Hall

    With the community growing, the town was in need of a venue for social activities. The land was donated by the Mill and hotel owner, Arthur Clinch, and building began in 1898. The small porch on the front was built in 1901 and served as the entry into the hall. All kinds of events were held in hall including dances, meetings, school activities,...

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  • Road Board Office

    The Greenough Road’s Board Office was built in 1906. Not a big building but still they managed to hold their meetings here until 1952. This was the equivalent to the local government office although it seems that most of the time only one person (a secretary) ever worked in the building.

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  • Thriving Education

    At the end of the first year of the school, there were 20 students enrolled. By 1875, as the population grew, two more schools had been built in the area.

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  • Flood

    Greenough was established between the limestone cliffs to the east and the sandhills to the west. This ended up forming a flood plain from the Greenough River. This flooding has happened on several occasions since the 1850’s. One of the worst was in 1888 which cause hundreds of residents to flee their homes. Some died and many buildings were...

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  • Central Greenough School

    This school was second school to be built in the area and was constructed in 1865. The first school proved too difficult during times when the river was full for the pupils to try and get to. As with other buildings, the school was multipurpose and was also used as a community hall.

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Greenough Transportation

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    by keeweechic Written Feb 2, 2008

    Greenough is around 24kms south of Geraldton or nearly 400kms from Perth on the Brand Hwy. Greyhound buses also run from Perth on a daily basis.

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Greenough Local Customs

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    by keeweechic Written Feb 2, 2008

    Greenough’s climate is close to a Mediterrranean climate. Average Temperature in Summer is around 31C and in winter 20C. Although of course these temps can far exceed the average at times.

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