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Bindoon

A small community at the heart of the Shire of Chittering, located on the Great Northern Highway, north of Midland and some 84 kms from Perth. The town is just north of Muchea where the Brand Highway branches off northwards. Bindoon was not gazetted until as late as 1953 yet the name has been used by locals for over 150 years! The name is of Aboriginal origin and was first used as his property name by Mr William Brockman, who was an early settler


 
 
 
 
 

Bindoon - Holy Trinity Anglican Church

This is the Holy Trinity Anglican Church of Bindoon, situated a few kilometres south of the townsite. In was built in 1886 by the people of the parish. The welcoming parishioners today are very proud of the 125th anniversary of their church this year. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN001

 

Bindoon - Museum Sign

Seen next to the highway a few kilometres south of Bindoon is this canary-yellow Austin A30 perched upon a pole and advertising the local motor museum. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN002

 

Bindoon - Road Board Building

The Chittering Road Board building. This is situated about 2 kilometres south of town in the arts/museum complex. This building was constructed circa 1929 and was classified by the National Trust in 2000. November 2014. Photos Ref: BNDN003

 

Bindoon - Road Board Building

This is the rear of the Road Board building. Just look at that fine stonework. The background building is an arts and crafts centre. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN004

 

Bindoon - Outback Shed at Museum

Behind the Road Board building is The Outback Shed which is used for pottery and ceramics. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN005

 

Bindoon - Mechanical Museum

And still near the Road Board, this museum is a little off to the rear and right. Inside are lots of mechanical implements. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN006

 

Bindoon - Museum Sign

Another sign in a paddock pointing to the museum. This one is north of the museum, close to the town centre. September 2013. Photos Ref: BNDN007

 

Bindoon - General Store

On the main street (Great Northern Highway), this is the busy General Store - tea, coffee, snacks, liquor, news, lotto .. what else? A good country general store. It was built in 1936. It has also been known formerly as Leisure House and the Plonk & Chaff Store. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN008

 

Bindoon - House

A few metres south of the General Store is this really interesting looking house. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN009

 

Bindoon - Butchers Shop

On Great Northern Highway is the town's butcher's shop. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN010

 

Bindoon - Hall

On the east of the highway is the Bindoon Hall. This was constructed in 1939. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN011

 

Bindoon - Farm Machinery

You generally only see this sort of place in the bush and they are a sign of really being in the country. The local farm machinery dealership. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN012

 

Bindoon - Shire of Chittering

Bindoon is the biggest town in the Shire of Chittering. This is the Shire office building on the main street. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN013

 

Bindoon - Bakehaus

Doing a roaring trade from locals, passing motorists, and passing motor cyclists, is the Bindoon Bakehaus. Today this place seems to be the focal point of town. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN014

 

Bindoon - St Anne's Catholic Church

A little to the north of the townsite is St Anne's Catholic Church. This building was consecrated by the Archbishop of Perth in 2004. The original church was built on this site in 1909. It was destroyed by a tornado in 1943. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN015

 

Bindoon - Dorothea House

Dorothea House is located just behind St Anne's Church and is part of this Catholic complex. Great stonework as in the church. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN016

 

Bindoon - Catholic Church view to Hills

Standing at the back of St Anne's church, this is a view across the grave-yard, then the paddocks, off to the hills in the west. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN017

 

Bindoon - Scottalian Hotel

The most northerly part of Bindoon is the Scottalian Hotel, an unusual name. Today a few fellows on bikes are enjoying a visit but other than those you can see, all seems quiet. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN018

 

Bindoon - Scottalian Hotel

Just to the right of the main hotel is this building which looks like an old accommodation block, seemingly not in use at present. August 2011. Photos Ref: BNDN019

 

Bindoon - Old Shop

On old shop keeps an eye on the Great Northern Highway passing traffic, just north of town. September 2013. Photos Ref: BNDN020

 

Bindoon - Farming Country

Record September rainfall this year is a bounty for farmers all over the south of the state providing lots of verdant stock feed. This farm is just north of the Bindoon townsite. September 2013. Photos Ref: BNDN021

 

Bindoon - Catholic College

Several kilometres north of Bindoon, set on the corner of Great Northern Highway and Dewar's Pool Road are these gates proclaiming the location of the Bindoon Catholic Agricultural College. September 2013. Photos Ref: BNDN022

 

Bindoon - Catholic College

Here is a set of pictures of a few of the buildings found at the Bindoon Catholic Agricultural College. September 2013. Photos Ref: BNDN023

 

Bindoon - Catholic College

This appears to be one of the main buildings of the college. I think this may be the administration centre. The college was constructed mainly during the period around 1940 - 1945. September 2013. Photos Ref: BNDN024

 

Bindoon - Catholic College

An imposing view of another building. It looks rather forbidding in some ways. And so it should do. The College was once known as Bindoon Boys Town, an orphanage run by the Christian Brothers, where reportedly some young boys suffered sexual abuse and physical hardship over many years, inflicted by some of the "carers" at the home throughout those decades. A dark history. September 2013. Photos Ref: BNDN025

 

Bindoon - Catholic College

This is the rear section of the building in the above photo. The sunlight on the stone work adds to the grandeur. September 2013. Photos Ref: BNDN026

 

Bindoon - Catholic College

The entrance area of the above building. Being an agricultural college there are many outbuildings associated with farming, plus an equine centre and a piggery. September 2013. Photos Ref: BNDN027

 

Bindoon - Catholic College

A final view of one the college buildings. The college is set some 2-3 kilometres down a picturesque sealed road from the gates on Great Northern Highway. September 2013. Photos Ref: BNDN028


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