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Jerramungup Local History

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In the Great Southern region of Western Australia lies the small town of Jerramungup, which was first settled in 1912. Named after a local Aboriginal word meaning "land of the gum trees", Jerramungup has a rich history that tells the story of the people who have called it home for centuries.

For many years, the area was home to the Noongar people, who used the land for hunting and gathering. The Noongar people have a deep connection to the land and are still an important part of the local community today.

European settlers arrived in the area in the late 1800s and early 1900s, drawn to the fertile soil and potential for agriculture. The first European settlers were mainly farmers who established small holdings and began to grow crops such as wheat and barley.

The town of Jerramungup was officially gazetted in 1913, with the first post office opening in the same year. The town continued to grow, with the construction of a hotel and a railway station in the 1920s.

During World War II, Jerramungup played an important role in Australia's defence strategy. The Royal Australian Air Force established an airfield in the town, which was used as a base for aircraft flying to and from the eastern states. The airfield also played a crucial role in the defence of Australia's west coast, with many aircraft stationed there to protect against possible attacks from enemy submarines.

After the war, Jerramungup continued to evolve and grow. New industries, such as forestry and fishing, were established in the region, and improvements were made to the town's infrastructure, including the construction of the Jerramungup Regional Refuse Facility and the Jerramungup Community Resource Centre.

Today, Jerramungup is a vibrant rural community with a rich history and a strong sense of community spirit. The town is home to a range of local businesses and organisations, including a hospital, a primary school, and a number of sporting clubs and community groups.

Despite its small size, Jerramungup continues to play an important role in the region, both as a hub for local industry and as a cultural and community centre. With its rich history and stunning natural beauty, the town is a true gem of the Western Australian countryside.

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