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Bencubbin

Bencubbin is the largest town within the Shire of Mount Marshall. The town is approx. 275 kms north-east of Perth. Local industry is centred on agriculture - wheat and wool. The town was gazetted in 1917. The name Bencubbin is derived from a name used by Aborigines for Mount Marshall. At one time this was the extremity of the railway line running north and east from Wyalkatchem. The line (now classified as Tier 2) was later extended east to Mukinbudin


 
 
West to Koorda  
 
 

Bencubbin Welcome Sign

The bold Bencubbin welcome sign sits alongside the road into town. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC001

 

Bencubbin - Hotel

The Bencubbin Hotel on Monger Street. The hotel appears to be in three parts, at least at first glance. The hotel was constructed in 1922. The upper storey was added in 1929. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC002

 

Bencubbin - Hotel

The central section of the hotel which is to the right of the double storey structure. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC003

 

Bencubbin - Hotel

The final part of the hotel. This is to the right again. At the rear are what appear to be much newer accommodation units. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC004

 

Bencubbin - Hotel

This shows the full length of the hotel stretching along the main street. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC005

 

Bencubbin - Hotel

Here is a rear view of the double storey section. The weatherboard section was added for staff accommodation. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC006

 

Bencubbin - Sandalwood Shops

This row of shops was built in 1923. The shops are on Monger Street next to the hotel. At various times, businesses such as a post office, a baker and a branch of the R & I Bank have occupied these premises. The building looks to have been recently renovated. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC007

 

Bencubbin - Cafe Wall Painting

This painting adorns the wall of the cafe. It depicts old-timers carting their much valued sandalwood. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC008

 

Bencubbin - Sandalwood Dray

Close to the rail lines is this shelter housing an old dray which was once used to haul sandalwood. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC009

 

Bencubbin - Road Board

The Mount Marshall Road Board building which was built in 1927. At the rear is the Shire Hall which is a later addition, probably constructed in 1950. These premises are now used by Bennymart Grocery Store. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC010

 

Bencubbin - Bank NSW

On Monger Street is this former Bank of New South Wales building which now appears to be a private residence. This was erected in 1929. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC011

 

Bencubbin - Post Office

On Monger Street is the post office. No construction date is listed but this would surely date back to the time when the town was established. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC012

 

Bencubbin - Community Centre

The local Community Resource Centre near the railway line and opposite the hotel. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC013

 

Bencubbin - Police Station

The police station alongside the railway lines. In fact this building used to be the railway station. It still has the railways name plate on the other side. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC014

 

Bencubbin - Rail Yard

The rail line passes through town. The line runs eastwards from Koorda, through Bencubbin and then continues on to Mukinbudin. This is a view down the rail yard. The line is still used to haul grain. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC015

 

Bencubbin - Rail Area

A former loading ramp or building foundation next to the railway line. Behind is the Sandalwood Dray shelter and beyond that the hotel. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC016

 

Bencubbin - Farm Supplies

A farm merchandise business just off the main street. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC017

 

Bencubbin - Monger Street

A view along Monger Street. In the foreground is the post office. Beyond is the hotel. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC018

 

Bencubbin - Anglican Church

St Mark's Anglican Uniting Church. A plaque on the church was unveiled on November 13th, 1968 to commemorate the commencement of construction. At that time the church was known as St Mark's Anglican - Congregational Church. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC019

 

Bencubbin - Catholic Church

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. The church was constructed in 1935. There is no foundation stone on or in the building. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC020

 

Bencubbin - Masonic Hall

This is the Masonic Lodge W.A.C. No. 330. It was erected in 1958. March 2015. Photos Ref: BENC021


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