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Gidgegannup

This locality is a picturesque, small town on the Toodyay Road between Midland and Toodyay. It is named after the local Gidgegannup Spring found by surveyors in 1852. Gidgegannup is derived from an Aboriginal term meaning "Place where spears are made". The town is 43 kilometres from Perth, exactly half the way to Toodyay. The town is well known for its show grounds and as an equestrian centre. Pre World-War II this area was known as Hampstead Hills


 
 
   
 
 

Gidgegannup - Garage on Toodyay Road

Entering town from the west, this is one of the first buildings in town. It's obviously a Shell garage, but there are also a number of other shops in the complex, including a hair salon around the corner, a real estate agency, a newsagency and a bottle shop. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG001

 

Gidgegannup - Gidgie Bottle Shop

This is the front of the Gidgie bottle shop. I like the sign over the door. It speaks for itself if you can pronounce it. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG002

 

Gidgegannup - Produce and Saddlery Outlet

There is a healthy equestrian presence around the district hence the need for this Produce and Saddlery outlet. It is around the back of the Shell garage. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG003

 

Gidgegannup - Bakery

Towards the east end of town is the Gidgegannup Bakery. An attractive looking building. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG004

 

Gidgegannup - Junction Shops

Next door to the Bakery (you can see a bit of this place in the Bakery shop photo) is 'Gidgie Junction'. Sanga Jack's store is predominant - a fish & chips, pizza and burger place. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG005

 

Gidgegannup - Primary School

The local primary school is on the south side of the Toodyay Road. Like many country schools at present, construction work is going on to extend and refurbish parts of the school. It's actually quite a big school considering the overall size of the town. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG006

 

Gidgegannup - Water Tower

Outside the school (you can see the school in the background) are these two water towers which would provide the town water supply. Up nice and high to increase the water pressure. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG007

 

Gidgegannup - Park

A rather small, peaceful park just off the highway. Here is one on the picnic shelters. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG008

 

Gidgegannup - Paddocks

A little to the west of town, down the road to the oval, the colour of these paddocks show the effects of a long and dry summer. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG009

 

Gidgegannup - Community Church

This is the Gidgegannup Community Church. A modern structure which is shared by a couple of denominations which is not unusual in some country towns. Combined services are held for Anglican & Uniting Churches whilst Catholic Masses are held at other times. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG010

 

Gidgegannup - Toodyay Road

A view looking west along the Toodyay Road. The school is off to the left. On the right is a restaurant sign though the restaurant itself didn't look very functional today. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG011

 

Gidgegannup - Agricultural Hall

The Gidgegannup Agricultural Hall is just outside the Show Grounds. It was built in 1941 and was donated to the town by Perth Jarrah Mills. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG012

 

Gidgegannup - Hall

This is the rear of the Hall. Shade cloth keeps picnic tables etc out of the direct sunlight. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG013

 

Gidgegannup - Show Grounds Burgo's Bar

The Gidgegannup Show is held each year usually on the last weekend in October. There will also be a Small Farm Field Day here on May 28th, 2011. I bet this 'Burgo's Bar' is a hive of activity during show times. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG014

 

Gidgegannup - Show Grounds Pens

One of the main features of an Agricultural Show is the showing of livestock. Here is a shed or two of animal pens not far from Burgo's Bar. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG015

 

Gidgegannup - Show Grounds Farriers Barn

The show ground's Farrier's Barn. A farrier is one who shoes horses and can also describe a person who looks after horses in general. It is also an alternative name for a veterinary surgeon. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG016

 

Gidgegannup - Show Grounds Equestrian Events

Equestrian practise on a rather dry and dusty show ground arena. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG017

 

Gidgegannup - Gidgee Convenience and Stock Feed Store

The Gidgee Convenience and Stock Feed Store is a kilometre or two east of the main townsite. The store has some interesting items on display at the front. To the right but out of picture is the stock feed shed. February 2011. Photos Ref: GIDG018


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