The property these photos were taken on was first sold to George W. J. Reid and Miss Amy C. Taunton who named it Auchindoir. Along with George's wife they left England and settled on the property in 1915. When they arrived they had no horses or implements but acquired some with assistance from the Midland Railway Company. The Industries Assistance Board (I.A.B.) provided them with seed wheat which was viewed as an advance over their first crop. By 1918 the I.A.B. refused to give them any further assistance so they approached the Midland Railway Company. The company didn't think they would succeed on their property so also declined to provide assistance.
In 1920 the Midland Railway Company rescinded the sale to Reid & Taunton and re-sold their Auchindoir Farm in two pieces - one to Winchester farmer John Raffan and the second to Perth accountant J. L. B. Weir (who already owned Petan Farm in Winchester). The above photos were taken on the 491 acre Lot M913, the portion sold to Weir. In 1921 Weir purchased 272 acres of adjoining virgin bush from the Midland Railway Company and later sold both blocks to "Jim" James S. Straiton who renamed the property Hursley Farm after a village in England where his wife's parents had come from.
During the 1939-40 financial year Straiton sold the farm to Clarence R. Millard, and after ten years he sold it to Charles Chapman. All three families resided in the house that once surrounded the chimney. In 1976-77 the property was purchased by "Jim" James A. White and was later owned by his son Bruce.
The steel pole in the centre of the above photo, which was probably a support to the roof of the building, is an original piece of the Midland Railway. It is marked with M.R.WA. (for Midland Railway of Western Australia) and also Krupp (its manufacturer in Germany) and the year 1893.
Related online content:
- Virtual Museum exhibit on the Midland Railway
- Virtual Museum exhibit on Ready Made Farms
- Early History of Carnamah
- more information on these and other families of Carnamah and Winchester can be found in the Carnamah-Winchester Database