Murchison House Station: West Australiana

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May 10th 2019
Published: May 10th 2019
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Some of the early history of Western Australia is symbolized by the Murchison House Station which sits about 15 kilometres from Kalbarri. It was founded in 1848 and we can only picture how difficult life would have been in those days. There were no cars or paved roads and some 600 kilometres from the tiny settlement of Perth, it was remote. Of course today it is very accessible.

Typical of country properties, the station covers 350,000 acres. Traditionally it was a pastoral sheep station; today they raise goats and cattle, and run tours. The property is littered with all manner of vehicles including a landing craft that was used in World War Two in the Invasion of North Africa by the Allied forces. Post war it was used to install the first power lines from Perth to Kwinana.

All the artifacts on the property including old American cars from the 1930s and 40s were acquired by Prince Mukrramm Jah from India, an eccentric recluse who fell in love with the area. While it’s interesting to see parts of old vehicles, some would consider some of the items, including hundreds of tyres to be a waste of material which could be recycled. Regardless of one’s viewpoint, we did enjoy the visit of this property which straddles the Murchison River.

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