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Koorda

Koorda is a small, northern wheat-belt town located about 44 kms directly north of Wyalkatchem and 237 kms from Perth. The townsite was established in 1917 as a result of the government's decision to construct a rail line from Wyalkatchem to Mount Marshall (Bencubbin). The Central Cowcowing Progress Association (and later the Jirimbi and Mulji Progress Association) were also instrumental in ensuring the town's existence. The name is of Aboriginal origin


 
 
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Koorda - Welcome to Corn Dolly Country

Koorda - Corn Dolly Country. A rather strange name. A Corn Dolly is ears of corn crafted into the shape of a doll. The Corn Dolly is the local shire's emblem. The Dolly was introduced by early Cowcowing pioneers, Frank and Tom Lodge in 1911. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR001

 

Koorda - Children's Community Sign

A artful community sign created by local children sum up the way of life in Koorda. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR002

 

Koorda - View South on Railway Street

A view looking south along Railway Street from over near the railway reserve. You can see the post office in the centre of the picture, and beyond that, the Koorda Hotel. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR003

 

Koorda - Post Office

This is the Koorda post office on Railway Street. This dates back to 1937. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR004

 

Koorda - Hotel

The Koorda Hotel sits on the corner of Railway Street and Ningham Road. Construction was commissioned by the owner James McCallum Smith and commenced in early 1925. The hotel was opened on October 18th, 1925 and on that day patrons enjoyed free beer. The first licencee was Mr G. R. Mewburn. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR005

 

Koorda - Hotel

Looking north along the hotel verandah which runs parallel to Railway Street. You can glimpse the post office off in the distance. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR006

 

Koorda - Old Shop on Railway Street

An old shop on Railway Street. Perhaps this is now a private dwelling. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR007

 

Koorda - Pioneer Hall

The Koorda Pioneer Hall on the corner of Koorda Road and Railway Street. The Hall was built to commemorate district pioneers and was opened by Hon. L. F. Kelly, M.L.A., Minister for Lands etc on 9th August 1958. The Foundation Stone was laid on the same date by Road Board Chairman, Alex Aitken, J.P. This has also been variously known as the Agricultural Hall and simply the Old Hall. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR008

 

Koorda - Motor Museum

The Koorda Motor Museum and Military Collection. This is at 28 Allenby Street, across the road from the Primary School. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR009

 

Koorda - Girl Guide's Hall

On Allenby Street is this rather quaint Girl Guide's Hall. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR010

 

Koorda - Primary School

A view down a wing of the Koorda Primary School. It looks spick and span and very smart with pot plants and surrounding trees. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR011

 

Koorda - Original School Building

In Lions Park is the original Koorda Primary School. A sign out the front says Koorda Primary School 1921-1922. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR012

 

Koorda - Community Centre

The Koorda C.W.A. Community Centre. There is a craft shop, an opportunity shop and book exchange in the building. This was formerly the Koorda Road Board Office and was erected in 1937 - 1938. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR013

 

Koorda - Kindergarten

In the centre of town is the Kindergarten. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR014

 

Koorda - St Paul's Anglican Church

St Paul's Anglican Church, Koorda. The Church was dedicated on 13th September 1928 by the Right Rev. W. E. Elsey, Bishop of Kalgoorlie. P. F. Carnley, Archbishop of Perth, visited on 2nd October 1988 to commemorate the church's 60th anniversary. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR015

 

Koorda - Railway Station

The rail line runs parallel to Railway Street and here is the station, or at least administration centre, flanked by grain loading equipment and storage facilities. The rail track runs south to Wyalkatchem and on further east to Bencubbin. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR016

 

Koorda - Drive-In Movie Theatre

Another town I visited today, the drive-in theatre had closed. Not so here. The Koorda drive-in is alive and well. It boasts being home to W.A.'s oldest operating projection system. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR017

 

Koorda - Drive-In Movie Theatre

This is the screen, projection room and kiosk. You can see the speaker systems next to which you park your car and place the speaker on the window. Wireless is also available on a localised radio frequency. April 2012. Photos Ref: KOOR018


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