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Kellerberrin  Western Australia

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On the Great Eastern Highway, about 200 kilometres or so east of Perth, Kellerberrin is a major town in what is primarily a wheat growing area which was first settled in 1861.

The railway line to Kalgoorlie, which first reached here in 1893, passes through the centre of town, and so does the extraordinary pipeline designed by the ill-fated Charles Yelverton O’Connor which takes water 563 kilometres from near Perth to Kalgoorlie - still the longest in the world.

When they started pumping water into the pipeline in 1902, it took nine days for the water to reach Cunderdin - 120km inland from Perth - and a further 10 months before the water reached Kalgoorlie, passing through eight pumping stations on the way.

Unfortunately, the strain of designing and overseeing the pipeline’s construction was all too much for the brilliant O’Connor who blew out his brains on Fremantle’s South Beach just two months before the water began its long journey.

Take a look at the old agricultural machinery and implements at the Pioneer Park in Leake Street, and the Kellerberrin Folk Museum, which houses an interesting display of local bits and pieces.


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