Lying in a grain belt that supplies about 40 per cent of WA’s wheat, Narembeen is 264km or so due east of Perth and 72km south of Merredin. Narembeen is on the long, looping rail line that ends up at Bunbury on its south-western journey. While there are a lot of beautiful, purple-flowered jacaranda trees in the region, especially in Merredin, it’s the native merritt trees that grow in profusion. The local Aborigines used the strong, straight wood from these trees to make their spears. Merredin is the largest town and the biggest commercial centre of this region. Narembeen got its start in the 1920s when Perth publican Paddy Conlon and his lawyer mate saw and opportunity to take advantage of the teetotalling activities at nearby Emu Hill, for which Narembeen was just a railway siding. Paddy and his mate bought up some land, got permission to build a pub, and then sold off land around it. Needless to say, Narembeen flourished and Emu Hill faded into obscurity.