Greenough Travel Guide

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Greenough Things to Do

  • GREENOUGH/WALKAWAY HERITAGE TRAIL

    When I was in the Geraldton visitor centre, I picked up the FREE booklet "Greenough/Walkaway Heritage trail." I knew we would be going there and on flicking through this booklet I could see it would be quite helpful, which it was.THIS IS NOT A WALKING TRAIL - IT IS A DRIVING TRAILThe Greenough/Walkaway Heritage Trail is a 57km drive that took us to...

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  • CLINCH'S MILL

    Clinch's Mill looked to be in quite good condtion, only there was no way of getting close as it's on private property and MUST be viewed from the road.When this Mill was first built in 1858, it was only a single storey building built from local sandstone. Originally the Mill was owned by Edward Whitfield who in 1869, sold it to Thomas Clinch, who...

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  • FIELDS OF LUPINS

    Lupins, I have grown them in my garden and I have seen them growing wild in Europe and the U.S.A, but I had never seen them being cultivated! Well, these aren't the Lupins I grew in my garden, these are different.In the area around Geraldton, we had seen many large paddocks of Lupins growing in different colours. Eventually, curiosity got the...

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  • HAMPTON ARMS INN

    The Hampton Arms Inn is a two-storey stone and iron building with single-storey wings each side of the main section and a stone stable block. As it's an excellent example of the Victorian Regency style, it's listed on the National Trust heritage register. The Hotel was named after John Hampton, the Governor at that time.It is one of a few buildings...

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  • TEMPERANCE LODGE

    Temperance Lodge is a shell of a building. It was the "new" hall constructed in 1898, taking the place of St. Catherine's Hall which I saw in the Greenough Historical village. In 1870, the Society of Good Templers were given this land by Fredrick Waldeck to build the new hall. It then was used for meetings, social gatherings and other...

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  • GRAY'S STORE

    A little further along from Wesley Chapel was Gray's Store. Located on a cross -road, I imagine this was a pretty busy intersection in the 1800's when horse and drays plied the roads with settlers coming here for their supplies. Today, it was so quiet as we were the only ones here!The heritage listed store was another constructed by "ticket of...

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  • MALEY'S BRIDGE, STONE COTTAGE & BARN

    As with many of the first Settlers, they had to be able to put their hands to many trades to be able to succeed. John Maley, whose cottage we had previously visited, was the architect for our next site, a convict built bridge. Built in 1864, it supports were made from the local limestone by "ticket of leave convicts." These were convicts who were...

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  • WESLEY CHAPEL

    Our heritage trail took us to see the gothic style Wesley chapel built in 1867 by "ticket of leave convict labour." As usual of old buildings in this area, it was built out of limestone and is still standing. A new roof has been added, but the windows still have corrugated iron covering them. Evidently, the old windows have been missing since the...

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  • GREENOUGH PIONEER MUSEUM

    We were heading south from Geraldton when we saw the brown tourist sign to the Greenough Pioneer museum, the notice we were looking for as this Museum is the BEGINNING OF THE GREENOUGH HERITAGE TRAIL.Located not far from the Brand Highway was the Museum thast was once known as Home Cottage when built by convicts from Port Gregory in 1862. It was...

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  • MALEY'S MILL

    Maley's Mill is located on 50 acres of land and IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.The big old stone building was built between 1860 - 1863 and used as a flour mill and general store. The Mills owners were Cook & Maley, Maley lived next door in the cottage.Back in history, when this was first established, there were many other buildings near this mill, all...

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  • THE OLD COTTAGES

    There were a few old cottages at the Greenough historical site.One of them was "Goodwins" cottage. a four roomed stone building with a front verandah built by the Catholic church as a home for retired Policeman, "Ned Goodwin." He and his wife lived here until Ned died in 1912, then the Church took over the building again and converted it to a...

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  • GREENOUGH POLICE STATION & GAOL

    The Police Station and Gaol would be the largest building left standing in the Greenough Historic settlement. This white limestone building once housed the court house, constructed in 1867, the police station and gaol built in 1870 and the Telegraph & Post office built in 1873. Lucky the building was huge as it was used as a place to stay by the...

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  • RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS IN THE HISTORICAL...

    Located in what is left of Greenough, are all stone buildings which include two churches, a convent, presbytery, school, courthouse, goal and community hall. Some of these buildings are still used today.The original St. Catherine's Church was shipped out from England and rebuilt here, this was replaced in 1913. Nearby, is St Catherine's Hall where...

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  • GREENOUGH HISTORIC SETTLEMENT

    This is what we actually came to see at Greenough, the remains of the once thriving village of Greenough.It is easy to find when travelling the Brand highway between Perth and Geraldton, just look for the Brown Tourist signs around the 20km mark from Geraldton.We pulled into a large car-park where the Greenough Cafe & Visitor Centre is located,...

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  • THE LEANING TREES OF GREENOUGH

    I have mentioned earlier on my trip around Western Australia about the strong winds along the Western Australian Coast. Just in-case you didn't believe me, then I have some photos to confirm it. These photos were taken from the Brand Highway which we followed to Greenough.The harsh environment, and the super strong and salty southerly winds that...

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  • 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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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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