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Katanning is the largest town in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia and serves as a major commercial hub for surrounding districts. It is some 295 kilometres south-east of Perth and is situated on the Great Southern Highway. The Great Southern Railway which runs between York and Albany passes through here. The local station opened in 1889. The town was gazetted in 1898. The name Katanning is of Aboriginal origin but meaning uncertain

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Katanning - Federal Hotel

The imposing Federal Hotel on Clive Street, also known as Fairclough's Hotel. This was built in 1904. The third floor was added in 1913. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG001


Katanning - Federal Hotel

Here is a view of the side and rear of the Federal Hotel. Those tacky rear add-ons are actually quite common around some of the older country W.A. pubs. Check out Bencubbin for example. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG002


Katanning - Commonwealth Bank

A view looking south-east down Richardson Street. On the left that tall building is the telephone exchange. To the right at the end is the Federal Hotel. Across the road at the other end is the Commonwealth Bank. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG003


Katanning - ANZ Bank Building

This grand two-storey building at 93 Clive Street is the former ANZ Bank. Prior to being an ANZ branch, it was the Union Bank. Construction of the original building was completed in 1910. The building has since been modified. It is presently available for lease. December 2016. Photos Ref: KTNG004


Katanning - Bank Buildings

The Bank Buildings towards the north-eastern end of the CBD on Clive Street. This was built in 1909 but has never actually housed a bank. The upper floor has been used for accommodation over the years. Retail shops at ground level have been variously used as a bakery, a tailor's shop, and a few different restaurants. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG005


Katanning - Post Office

Katanning Post Office 6317 sits on the main street, on the corner of Richardson Street. It was built in 1913. Behind it you can the the telephone exchange building. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG006


Katanning - Sports Power

A pair of identical old shops on Clive Street. On the left is Sports Power and to the right is Katanning Mensworld. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG007


Katanning - Surf Shop

Still on Clive Street, this 1926 building is premises to High 'N' Dry, Surf and Leisure. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG008


Katanning - Former Baptist Church

The former Baptist Church on Carew Street, just off Clive Street. This is now the premises of Hung Wins Chinese Restaurant run for over 30 years by the Tan family. As a church it was opened in 1900 although built progressively across prior years. In 2023 the Tan family are moving out which means this place is now up for sale. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG009


Katanning - Westpac

On the main street is the classic-looking Westpac Bank building, formerly the Bank of N.S.W. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG010


Katanning - Elders

The Elder's red and white paintwork shines in the morning sun. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG011


Katanning - Town Hall

The Katanning Town Hall on Austral Terrace. This has been extended and modified over the years. The first Foundation Stone was laid by Hon. F. H. Piesse MLA on January 1st, 1901, the day of Federation. Another was laid by Hon. Frank Wilson MLA, Colonial Treasurer, on May 27th, 1907. Further additions and alterations took place in 1928 and 1979. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG012


Katanning - Town Hall

A view looking north-west along Austral Terrace taking in 'Paper N Lace' and the Town Hall. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG013


Katanning - Flour Mill

The Premier Roller Floor Mills building is arguably the most dominant in town. This is situated close to the railway lines and on the corner of Austral Terrace and Clive Street West. This was erected and run by the Piesse family in 1891. By the early 1900's the mill provided all of the town's electricity. In 1927 the mill was taken over to become Swan Flour and operated thus until 1970 when flour milling finally ceased. The Katanning Tourist Bureau now operates from here. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG014


Katanning - Piesse Building

A view along Austral Terrace taking in part of the Flour Mill and then the Piesse Building. Beyond is the Katanning Hotel. The Piesse Building, formerly F. & C. Piesse Store, was erected in 1901. It now contains an arcade and a number of retail shops. December 2016. Photos Ref: KTNG015


Katanning - Katanning Hotel

The Katanning Hotel has recently been renovated. The hotel was erected in 1898 and has been known as the Katanning Unit Hotel. December 2016. Photos Ref: KTNG016


Katanning - King George Hostel

This building is currently home to Zanyacs Gift Shop. It is on the corner of Albion Street and Austral Terrace. It was built in 1910 as the King George Hostel thus, unlike an hotel, it had retail shops at ground level instead of bars. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG017


Katanning - Royal Exchange Hotel

The Royal Exchange Hotel on Austral Terrace is opposite the railway station and was once known as the Railway Hotel. It was built in 1889. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG018


Katanning - Kianga House

Kianga House home to RadioWest 94.9, Disability Services Commission and Ashleigh Renea Hair and Beauty. This is at 121 Clive Street. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG019


Katanning - Stock and Trading Company

This pair of buildings is on Austral Terrace. To the left, at number 64, is the premises of Taylor Nott & Molinari, Barristers and Solicitors. In the centre is The Katanning Stock and Trading Company. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG020


Katanning - Silver Band

The Katanning Silver Band Hall was constructed in 1926. It was moved to its current location here on Richardson Street in 1986. It was previously on Amherst Street. The building to the left looks like an old school room. Silver Band is all about making good music. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG021


Katanning - Museum

Here is the premises of the Katanning Historical Society. The Society was formed in 1937. This was originally the Katanning school and was built in 1899. It is located on Richardson Street. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG022


Katanning - Anglican Church

St Andrew's Anglican Church, Katanning. The Foundation Stone was laid by Mrs F. H. Piesse on June 25th, 1898. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG023


Katanning - Anglican Church Hall

St Andrew's Church Hall. The Foundation Stone was laid by Hon. F. H. Piesse on March 27th, 1911. This is located next to the church. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG024


Katanning - Lutheran Church Old

The earlier St Stephen's Lutheran Church now used as the church hall. The Foundation Stone was laid on January 31st, 1926. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG025


Katanning - Lutheran Church New

St Stephen's Lutheran Church. The Foundation Stone is inscribed: "To the Glory of God. May 31st, 1964". April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG026


Katanning - Evangelical Church

The Aboriginal Evangelical Church, formerly known as Noongar Christian fellowship, was established in 1974. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG027


Katanning - Uniting Church

The Uniting Church. The Foundation Stone was laid by Right Rev. H. C. Matthew on October 19th, 1906. This church was the Scots Church from 1906 to 1926. In became the Presbyterian Church in 1926 and remained so until the Uniting Church was formed in 1977. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG028


Katanning - Salvation Army

This Salvation Army Citadel is on Richardson Street. It was constructed in 1926. Due to declining membership and increasing expenses, the Citadel ceased operating in 2004. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG029


Katanning - Railway Station

Katanning railway station, once a major stopping point on the Perth (via York) to Albany railway line. This is on the Great Southern Railway and the station was erected in 1889. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG030


Katanning - Rail Yard

Looking south-east down the railway lines across the yard. The station is that building you can see over yonder. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG031


Katanning - Rail Yard

Another look south-east down the track across the Clive Street level crossing. This line leads to Albany. The tracks gleam with continual use. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG032


Katanning - Miniature Railway

This building in the Katanning Miniature Railway attraction is the old Kendenup station which was relocated to here. April 2015. Photos Ref: KTNG033

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