The following research was carried out for the "Looking Back" column for the article dated February 24th 2011.
[Sorry but this research file has moved and been updated with hyperlinks for a better viewing experience - See 1959 Naming Kununurra]
1959 Naming Kununurra
Kununurra Historical Society (KHS)
Archive, Gallery Library, Museum & Research
Kununurra Museum - Coolibah Drive & Online
Dates & Events
Next KHS Meeting
1st Tuesday of the Month at 7pmAll Welcome
Kununurra Museum Events
March 20th 1942
On March 20th 2017 it will be...
Since the forced landing of Wirraway A20-62, on coastal saltmarsh, just inside the WA/NT border, by Pilots Lew Dwyer and Warwick Carmody. See the permanent "Wirraway - Challenge" display at the KHS Museum.
1944 (Dry Season)
70 Years ago at Carlton Reach
(Ord River Experimental Station)
the dry season of 1944 Kim Durack continued work on the
"Ord River Experimental Station," which had been set up
late in 1941 at Carlton Reach using the waters of the Ord. More
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
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.
Events from 2011
Wyndham and Hall's Creek (aka "Kimberley") were established.
125 Years Ago
In May and June 2011 It was
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 (in 1921), of radio time signals. This exepedition in 1921 would locate the border position and a WA Survey crew would come back in 1927 to build the Kimberley Obelisk, which still determines the border today.
Read More about the 1921 WA/NT Border Determinations
Carlton Reach Waterhole
"Thethebeleng" or "Carlton Reach"
:-( now sadly, referred to as Lake Kununurra)
Was the largest permanent waterhole in the Kimberley Region, held back by a quartzite rock bar called "Tharram," the "Rocky Falls" or "Jasper Bar" or "Bandicoot Bar," The Carlton Reach waterhole stretched from Bandicoot Bar all the way to the south end of the "Carlton Ridge" or the head of the "Sleeping Buddha, as it is known today."
"Kim's Place" or "Ord River Experimental Station" or "Ord River Experimental Farm" or "The Cabbage Patch" - No matter what it has been referred to in writing, this was the WA Government's precursor to the joint Federal (CSIRO) - State (WA Ag. Dept.) Kimberley Research Station (KRS).
The 1941 experimental station was set up at Carlton Reach, by Kimberley Michael Durack, for the Department of Agriculture WA, with assistance from the Public Works Department, along with his brother William A. (Bill) Durack, and other helpers along the way.
It will be 75 Years Ago
Read More on the Carlton Reach Pump Engine Research Page