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Beacon

Beacon is a small town within the Shire of Mount Marshall located on the periphery of the agricultural area some 40 kilometres directly north of Bencubbin. From 1929 the town was known locally as Beacon Rock although this name was not official. The word Rock was soon dropped. The town was gazetted in 1931. This district was first surveyed by Septimus Roe in 1836. This is marginal wheat country. Sandalwood is grown in the area. An attractive small town


 
 
   
 
 

Beacon - Welcome Sign

This bold sign announces the township of Beacon. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN001

 

Beacon - Primary School

A wing of the Beacon Primary School. This side faces the road. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN002

 

Beacon - Primary School

The verandah over the class room doors, next to the activity area in the primary school. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN003

 

Beacon - Youth Hangout

This former house or shop is now the Beacon Youth Hangout Centre. It's in the middle of town. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN004

 

Beacon General Store

The new General Store and Post Office. A building of substance. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN005

 

Beacon - Closed Store

Towards the north side of town is the former General Store. Closed now as they have moved to the new premises. On the far wall you can still make out the "Four Square" sign which would go back years. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN006

 

Beacon - Corner Shop

These buildings curve around a corner, opposite the rail yards. I would say that the building on the left would be one of the oldest in town. The building centre and right is a cafe. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN007

 

Beacon - Federation Park

In the centre of town is Beacon Community Federation Park. In the distance, to the right, the General Store and Post Office can be glimpsed. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN008

 

Beacon - CWA

The C.W.A. building with traditional splashes of blue. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN009

 

Beacon - Beacon Central

Beacon Central serves as a community centre and information post. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN010

 

Beacon - Town Hall

The sturdy Town Hall. The hall was erected in 1951. It was extended and re-modelled in 1995. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN011

 

Beacon - Garage

Business premises with a disused petrol pump. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN012

 

Beacon - Houses

A view along on of the streets. Left in picture is the C.W.A. house. The soil all around this district is quite red. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN013

 

Beacon - Street

A street scene. Note the very wide roads. Beacon is pleasantly laid out, it is aesthetically quite agreeable, and very tidy. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN014

 

Beacon - Anglican Church

St Augustine's Anglican Church. The Foundation Stone was laid by Revd R. E. Freeth, Bishop Assistant, Perth, on September 4th, 1957. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN015

 

Beacon - Catholic Church

St Michael's Catholic Church. The church was blessed and opened by Right Rev. Lord Abbot Dom Gregory Gomez, on October 15th, 1961. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN016

 

Beacon - Land For Sale

A large block of land for sale in the centre of town. This gives some idea of the price of local real estate. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN017

 

Beacon - Railway Barracks

Adjacent to the rail yard is the former railways barracks building. This is where rail crews stayed overnight after completing a trip to Beacon. The barracks were built in 1930. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN018

 

Beacon - Rail Yard

The rail yard complete with the station sign. This is looking west. From here the line runs over to Mollerin and then on to Burakin. To the east it extends to and terminates at Bonnie Rock. March 2015. Photos Ref: BECN019


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