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Mundijong

A country town about 50 kms south of Perth. Mundijong is the largest town within the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale and is set a couple of kilometres west of the nearby South Western Highway. It is also on the Perth - Bunbury rail line. The rail siding was originally called Jarrahdale Junction pre-1892. In 1893 the townsite was gazetted as Manjedal. In 1897 this was changed to Mundijong as the prior name misinterpreted the Aboriginal name for the area


 
 
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Mundijong - First Hotel

Polish immigrant Mr Antoni Szczecinski, who was a cabinet maker by trade, arrived in W.A. in 1888. In 1892 he caused this hotel be to constructed on land opposite the southern end of Paterson Street next to the railway crossing. This was known as the Serpentine Hotel. This soon became too small so he went on to construct what is now the Mundijong Tavern on Paterson Street. This old hotel appears to be a private residence now. January 2019. Photos Ref: MJNG001

 

Mundijong - Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

The Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale encompasses both of those towns in its name yet is actually located in the townsite of Mundijong, which is the largest and most central town in the shire. The offices are on Paterson Street. January 2009. Photos Ref: MJNG002

 

Mundijong - Road Board

The former Road Board building on Paterson Street. This is now the Shire library. The Road Board's Foundation Stone was set by the then Premier, The Hon. D.R. McLarty on February 26, 1949. January 2019. Photos Ref: MJNG003

 

Mundijong - Library

The southern side of the former Road Board building gives a more complete view of the library. January 2019. Photos Ref: MJNG004

 

Mundijong - Old School - Landcare

On Paterson Road is the old two-classroom primary school. The school was originally called The Manjedal School. The pictured building, constructed in 1896, is the older of the pair. This old classroom is now occupied by Landcare Serpentine-Jarrahdale. "By the Community, for the Community". September 2012. Photos Ref: MJNG005

 

Mundijong - Old School - The House Playgroup

The second classroom in the old school on Paterson Street was constructed in 1927. This is just north of the first classroom and the building is now simply called 'The House', in which a play group meets each Wednesday. September 2012. Photos Ref: MJNG006

 

Mundijong - Old School House - Vet Clinic

Sandwiched between the Uniting Church and the old school at 14 Paterson Street is the local veterinary hospital. Apparently this building was once the old primary school teacher's quarters. April 2016. Photos Ref: MJNG007

 

Mundijong - Church

This Church is on Paterson Street. No name, no denomination etc, the sign simply says 'This Church established 1905'. This was built as a Methodist Church. January 2009. Photos Ref: MJNG008

 

Mundijong - Church

An update of Mundijong church after three and a half years. It looks spick and span with refreshed paint and a new sign at the front which proclaims this as the Uniting Church in Mundijong. September 2012. Photos Ref: MJNG009

 

Mundijong - IGA and Garage

The modern Mundijong. Here is the local IGA, garage and liquor store - all in one. January 2019. Photos Ref: MJNG010

 

Mundijong - First Post Office

The first Mundijong post office at 26 Paterson Street. This was built in 1896 and operated as the town's post office until 1995. It then became Dot's Teagarden. It now appears to be a private residence. January 2019. Photos Ref: MJNG011

 

Mundijong - First Post Office

A side view of the former post office which faces Whitby Street. January 2019. Photos Ref: MJNG012

 

Mundijong - Shops

Next door to the hotel is the fish and chip shop and the post office. The original post office used to be 26 Paterson Street. Up until about 1981, this pair of buildings was a greengrocery. The shop was in the left building and its storage room was the fibro building on the right. The post office moved into the right building in about 1995. April 2014. Photos Ref: MJNG013

 

Mundijong - Shops

After a full ten years it is probably time I published another photo of the fish and chip shop and post office. You can see a bit of the rear of the tavern in the background. January 2019. Photos Ref: MJNG014

 

Mundijong - Tavern

The Mundijong Tavern on Paterson Street. This was built in 1897 Mr Antoni Szczecinski to replace his Serpentine Hotel which was located at the southern end of town. This hotel has also been known as George Worner's Mundijong Hotel. The Szczecinski family later owned the Quairading Hotel. January 2009. Photos Ref: MJNG015

 

Mundijong - Tavern

The northern aspect of the Mundijong Tavern. Nice brickwork. January 2009. Photos Ref: MJNG016

 

Mundijong - Tavern

After ten years here is an updated view of the Mundijong Tavern. January 2019. Photos Ref: MJNG017

 

Mundijong - Paterson Street

A view down the main street. Nice and quiet. One thing that has preserved the quaintness of this town is that it's off the highway so you mainly get just local traffic. The hotel is the most dominant building in on the street which fairly typical of W.A. country towns. January 2009. Photos Ref: MJNG018

 

Mundijong - Thrift Shop

The pink thrift shop at 36 Paterson Street. Years ago this was a butcher's shop. January 2009. Photos Ref: MJNG019

 

Mundijong - Hair Salon

The former thrift shop has changed colour and changed hands. This is now a hair salon. September 2015. Photos Ref: MJNG020

 

Mundijong - Mundijong Wholagan's Bakery

Getting on towards the northern limits of the original townsite sits what was once Wholagan's Bakery. This brick structure was erected by the baker of the time, Cecil Copeman, back in the 1920's. January 2019. Photos Ref: MJNG021

 

Mundijong - Serpentine Grammar School

Heading further north on Paterson Road, Mundijong, the road changes its name to Soldiers Road as it leaves the townsite. This is the Serpentine Jarrahdale Grammar School on Soldiers Road, almost as far north as Cardup. Named after the shire, the school was established in 2006 but only moved to this location in 2009. Photograph January 2009. Photos Ref: MJNG022

 

Mundijong - Livestock Pens

The old stock loading pens adjacent to the main street and railway are no longer in use but have been left here as a memorial of days gone by. January 2009. Photos Ref: MJNG023

 

Mundijong - Railway Station

The new Mundijong railway station building. The tiny platform aligns with just one door on the pausing Australind passenger train. Visible in the background is the old station building. January 2009. Photos Ref: MJNG024

 

Mundijong - Railway Station

The Australind passenger train very briefly halts at Mundijong on its way to Bunbury. This is around 10.20am. September 2015. Photos Ref: MJNG025

 

Mundijong - Railway Station

This is the old Mundijong station, a good solid-looking wooden building which was moved from its former position alongside the tracks. This station building was constructed circa 1893. January 2012. Photos Ref: MJNG026

 

Mundijong - Masonic Lodge

The Masonic Lodge - The Jarrahdale Lodge No. 49 W.A.C. - is located across the road from the new primary school on Butcher Street. This was built in 1901 and was originally located at Jarrahdale. The building was moved to this Mundijong site in 1947. January 2019. Photos Ref: MJNG027

 

Mundijong - Old Police Station

Mundijong's old police station at 27 Anstey Street. This place is currently for sale. The new police station is far more functional and is located on the Mundijong Road which heads west out of town. December 2017. Photos Ref: MJNG028

 

Mundijong - Craft Shop

This house is a craft shop on Adonis Street and it is really amazing to see the way it has been decorated. "All Things Crafts and Dolls". Well worth a visit. January 2019. Photos Ref: MJNG029

 

Mundijong - Centrals Football Club

The football oval is on the west side of town and this is the club rooms of Centrals Football Club. September 2012. Photos Ref: MJNG030

 

Mundijong - Community Centre

Looking across the oval from the football club rooms is the rear of the Shire Community Centre which fronts Paterson Street. September 2012. Photos Ref: MJNG031

 

Mundijong - Christmas Tree

'Tis the season to be merry - December, and the Christmas trees all around the south west are in glorious bloom. This one is next to the rail track at Mundijong. December 2010. Photos Ref: MJNG032

 

Mundijong - Former Rail Bridge

Talk about bad timing. I have been meaning for ages to take a photo of the old Alcoa rail bridge which spans the South Western Highway. I'm sure the bridge was here as late as just last week but now it's gone. The bridge and line were constructed in the early 1960's. January 2014. Photos Ref: MJNG033

 

Mundijong - Former Rail Bridge

See how they just cut off the bridge span that crossed the road. I'd bet it was most likely done to accommodate an over-height load which needed to travel on the highway. November 2017. Photos Ref: MJNG034

 

Mundijong - Former Rail Bridge Span

If you were wondering what happened to the road span of the above bridge then stop looking. I have found it! Here it is lying next to the railway lines in the Mundijong townsite, just about opposite the Shire offices. April 2018. Photos Ref: MJNG035

 

Mundijong - Wright Road Rail Crossing

Wright Road runs south from Mundijong through Mardella to Serpentine. Just south of Mundijong this rail spur line branches off from the Perth - Bunbury mainline, crossing Wright Road. It used to lead to an Alcoa bauxite mine in the hills, and probably still does although it has been disused for decades. It once crossed the South Western Highway via the bridge in the above pictures. March 2017. Photos Ref: MJNG036

 

Mundijong - Old Brick Barn

On Mundijong Road just west of the townsite is this great looking old farm outbuilding. I think horses live in here now. March 2017. Photos Ref: MJNG037

 

Mundijong - Whitby Coach House

The historic Whitby Falls Coach House on the South Western Highway. Mr Edward Cockram constructed this place in 1873 as an Inn for Jarrahdale timber workers and is was then called the Jarrahdale Inn. It also served as a coach stop for those travelling between Perth and Pinjarra. March 2017. Photos Ref: MJNG038

 

Mundijong - Whitby Coach House Stables

Towards the rear of the Whitby Falls Coach House complex are these former stables. January 2019. Photos Ref: MJNG039

 

Mundijong - Former Roadhouse

On the corner of South Western Highway and Jarrahdale Road is this former roadhouse which appears to being gradually dismantled - or re-built?. March 2017. Photos Ref: MJNG040

 

Mundijong - New Roadhouse

This is the above roadhouse 6 months on. So it was a re-build after all. November 2017. Photos Ref: MJNG041

 

Mundijong - War Memorial

The Mundijong War Memorial set back on the main road just opposite the Shire offices. November 2018. Photos Ref: MJNG042

 

Mundijong - Memorial Shelter

Another war memorial this time in the form of this shelter near the railway station. The shelter contains a Roll of Honour. November 2018. Photos Ref: MJNG043


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