Welcome to the Shire of Corrigin

History

The First Road Board

CORRIGIN ROAD BOARD

Whilst the first settlers of the Corrigin District arrived in the late 1800's, the Road Board was not established until 1913 when the Kunjin Road Board was borne under the terms of The Roads Act, 1911 and gazetted on the 4th February 1913.

The first Kunjin Road Board members held their meetings in a small timber and iron building with their first ever purchase being a billy, tea and sugar. After only 3 meetings it was decided to shift the meeting venue to the new townsite of Corrigin as Kunjin was no longer under consideration as the major rail junction.

And so the Corrigin Road Board came to be, representing 6 divisional wards in the district, these being Kunjin, Bullaring, Kurrenkutten, Dondakin, Kondinin and Central (Kondinin replaced later by Wogerlin). The building was moved from Kunjin to Corrigin and served as the meeting place until 1923 when the new Road Board Office was constructed. The Board received 3 tenders for the construction of the new office, and accepted the tender from Messrs DH Braidwood for a tendered price of 945 pounds. Located in Goyder Street this is one of a few rural Roads Board buildings remaining. The foundation stone was laid by Coulson Murphy Esq, Chairman of the Corrigin Road Board on 15th October 1923. The Road Board Offices ceased being used as the Shire’s administration offices and library in 1963. Over the years, it has been used as a museum, medical consulting rooms, café, small business office and today hosts the Corrigin Farm Improvement Group.

In 1961 the Corrigin Road Board became the Corrigin Shire Council, and in 1963 new Council Offices were built, including the Library at a cost of 16,000 pounds. The building reflected the times with its 1960's design, no changes were made to the outside of the building until 2003 when construction of the Corrigin Community Resource Centre began. The centre adjoins the Council Offices and has resulted in a very modern and stylish building.

 

CORRIGIN TOWN HALL

One of Western Australia’s largest and most ornate 1920s town halls and its adjacent Road Board Office have been recognised through the building's entry in the State Heritage Register.

State Heritage Office Executive Director Graeme Gammie said at the time of its construction in 1929, the Corrigin Town Hall was regarded as the finest structure of its kind outside Perth.

“With its elaborately designed façade, barrel vaulted plaster ceiling and ornate entrance decorated with classical motifs, the building was heralded for its artistic conception and technical design,” Mr Gammie said.

“Its design certainly reflects optimism of the period and the significant growth experienced in Corrigin in the 1920s as the railways assisted agricultural expansion and the area was populated with hundreds of returning discharged soldiers under the Soldier Settlement Scheme.”

The Town Hall and Corrigin Road Board Office (1923) were designed by renowned architect Percy W. Harrison, who was a foundation member of the West Australian Institute of Architects.

“Throughout its 80 year history, the Town Hall has been the centre of social activity and has hosted films, plays, exhibitions, dances, the final of the Miss Corrigin competition, wedding receptions and 21st celebrations,” Mr Gammie said.

“It has been the venue for the annual ANZAC Day celebrations since 1930, and, in the 1940s and 1950s, also served as a court room and infant health clinic.

“Today, the hall continues to be used for community celebrations and for badminton competitions.”

 

CORRIGIN - A TOWN OF WINDMILLS

Corrigin was widely known as ‘A Town of Windmills’ due to the abundant supply of ground water. Almost every home had a windmill until 1960 when the town was supplied with scheme water. The unique Corrigin town entry statements on Brookton Highway are indicative to the district, with a windmill, water tank, trough and post & rail fencing.

 

CORRIGIN PIONEER MUSEUM

Housing the history of our days gone by, a worthwhile visit whilst in Corrigin. View the collection of tools and restored farm machinery, including tractors in working order, see the blacksmiths shop, the one room school, the shearing shed, old district photographs, clothing and other pioneer memorabilia. The Pioneer Memorial Wall at the entrance to the Museum commemorates early settlers. Please call in for a visit, you will be surprised!

Address: Corner Kunjin Rd and Kirkwood St

Open: Sunday 2pm-5pm Wednesday 1pm-4pm (other days by arrangement – Phone: 9063 2930)

Entry: ADULTS $5

CHILDREN Free (accompanied by an Adult) / Unaccompanied Children: $0.50