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Popanyinning

The small locality of Popanyinning can be found on the Great Southern Highway half-way between Pingelly and Cuballing. It is 17 km south of Pingelly and 174 km south-east of Perth. Popanyinning was one of the original sidings on the great-southern rail line back in 1899. The Western Australian government decided to make this a townsite and thus was gazetted in 1904. The name is of Aboriginal origin. Early spellings include Popanying and Popanyining


 
 
   
 
 

Popanyinning - Welcome Sign Approaching Town

The Popanyinning 'Welcome' sign just on the southern outskirts of town. Photograph November 2011. Photos Ref: POPY001

 

Popanyinning - General Store

The General Store on the main street is certainly a focal point in town today. Photograph November 2011. Photos Ref: POPY002

 

Popanyinning - Great Southern Highway

A view down the main street which is Great Southern Highway, looking south. Photograph November 2011. Photos Ref: POPY003

 

Popanyinning - Community Hall

The Community Hall in Popanyinning with good solid stonework. This was erected in 1907. Photograph November 2011. Photos Ref: POPY004

 

Popanyinning - Rosella Shop

This is the northern aspect of the Rosella Building, constructed in 1920. It was a general store right up until closure in 1962 and sold groceries including home grown vegetables, fruit and eggs. Photograph November 2011. Photos Ref: POPY005

 

Popanyinning - Rosella Shop

This is the southern aspect of the Rosella Building which features the Shell sign. This place is a private residence these days. Photograph November 2011. Photos Ref: POPY006

 

Popanyinning - Spragg's House

The historic Spragg's House faces the main street. A little south of here once stood quite a grand hotel but that was burnt to the ground in 1978 and was never rebuilt. Photograph November 2011. Photos Ref: POPY007

 

Popanyinning - Old School

This is the old school which operated from June 1905 to December 1973. The school is now a museum but looking through a window it still looks very much like a primary school classroom inside. Photograph November 2011. Photos Ref: POPY008

 

Popanyinning - Railway Station

This station was originally built in 1889 before the townsite even existed. The pictured station dates back to 1913. Passenger services continued to run through here until 1978. These days only grain trains pass though without a pause. The station has been restored and renovated but appears to be unoccupied. Photograph November 2011. Photos Ref: POPY009

 

Popanyinning - Railway Station Sign

This looks like an original station sign. It's not located right on the station, rather a few dozen metres to the south, standing on its own. It may have been temporarily moved whilst the station building was undergoing maintenance. Photograph November 2011. Photos Ref: POPY010


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