Kununurra Historical Society
(KHS) - Incorporated
Volunteer Run Not-for-Profit
Archive, Gallery Library,
Museum & Research
72 Coolibah Drive (Goes to Map :^)
Next KHS Meeting
1st Tuesday of the Month at 7pm
Kununurra MuseumAll Welcome!
"Wirraway Challenge Week"
March 20th to March 26th 2017
RAAF 12 Sqn. CAC Wirraway A20-62
On March 20th 2017 it will be...
...since the forced landing of RAAF 12 Squadron CAC Wirraway A20-62, on coastal saltmarsh, just inside the WA/NT border, by Pilots Lew Dwyer and Warwick Carmody. Watch the Digital Videos (DVs) from the KHS - "A Story of Survival & Rescue in the far north-east Kimberley"
Read & see more from the KHS "Wirraway - Challenge" Research Page (has links to all 8 parts of the DVs on the "Kununurra Museum" YouTube Channel OR See the permanent display at the Kununurra Museum. Also see the KHS Events Page.
1942 (Dry Season)
75 Years Ago in 2017
Establishment of Experiments at Carlton Reach
Ord River Experimental Station
On March 31st 1941 Kim Durack published his paper, 'Developing the North - Proposed Research Station for the Kimberleys', and before the end of that year the
"Ord River Experimental Station," was established at
Carlton Reach using the waters of the Ord for irrigation. In 1942 agricultural experiments began with the first irrigation in June that year. The station would operate on the Carlton Reach Site for five years and all would be moved to the Kimberley Research Station site in 1946.
information is available about the 36 HP Petters "Atomic" diesel pump
engine, used to raise the water for these first major experimental
attempts at irrigation, at the twenty acre farm site. available from the Carlton Reach Pump Engine (On this site)
In April 2013 the 36 HP "Petters Atomic Diesel Engine" was donated to the Kununurra Historical Society by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA - Frank Wise Institute of Tropical Agriculture (formerly the Kimberley Research Station, where the engine was also in use until the 1950s), KHS now has the original pump engine by the entrance gate of the Kununurra Museum.
In 2017 it will be 75 years since the Petters Pump Engine was first utilised for irrigation at Carlton Reach and it will be 70 years since the first experiments by the CSIRO and Department of Agriculture WA got under way at the Kimberley Research Station in 1947.
Events in 2016
Wyndham and Hall's Creek (aka "Kimberley") were established.
130 Years Ago
50 Years Ago - 1967
What was happening 50 Years Ago in Kununurra during 1967?
A new page under Research - 1967 in KHS Archives, hilights some indexed records from the KHS archive as listed by former dedicated KHS Hon. Archivist for many years, Margaret Lawson. The index listing, made many years ago, does have some more recent KHS corrections and additions.
The first Government run hospital opened on the present hospital site. We have the Opening Plaque at the Kununurra Museum, as well as from the first, Australian Inland Mission hospital.
WA-NT Border Determinations
In May and June 2016 It was 95 years & it will be..
Since the WA and SA Government Astronomers came to the Kimberley in
to determine the position of the WA/NT Border on the ground by using the new technology of the day (in 1921), of radio time signals. (Yes!, the pips you used to hear before the news! :^) This expedition in 1921 would determine the border position from time signals girdling the earth, from Greenwich UK, Annapolis USA, Applecross WA, SA Observatory & Lyons France - as in how many hours minutes and seconds east of Greenwich they were. A WA Survey crew would come back in 1927 to build the Kimberley Obelisk, which still determines the border on the ground today.
Read More about the 1921 WA/NT Border Determinations