Straddling the Great Southern Highway down Katanning way, at the very heart of the Great Southern region of WA, Tambellup is a small town of 350 residents. The town, 330km south of Perth and 44km south of Katanning, service surrounding mixed farming and grain-growing ventures. The total Shire of Tambellup, occupying some 1437 sq km, supports only 750 people. Sandalwood cutting got the town its start and the first settler, Joseph Norrish, concentrated his efforts on cutting down the trees before getting into the sheep rearing business. His name, and some of his belongings, are preserved in the original Norrish Homestead looked after by the Tambellup Historical Society. The homestead is full of bric-a-brac and memorabilia and is open to the public. Following the opening of the Great Southern railway line in 1889, settlers began arriving in numbers and Tambellup was declared a town in August, 1899. The Pindellup Pig Stud at Tambellup is getting quite a reputation for producing stress free pigs which , the locals maintain, produce better bacon rashers and tastier pork chops.