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The Mill Whistle

The Mill Whistle

For generations of mill workers, a sharp blast of the whistle marked the beginning and end to their working day, and every ‘smoko’ and lunch in between. The sound carried far and both townsfolk and distant farmers set their clocks to its regular call. With a little help from the Collie Heritage and Men’s Shed Group ...

The Trail Less Travelled

The Trail Less Travelled

"I had read an article on it some time prior and was really struck by the unique transformation taking place. When it was completed and I saw photos of the Hotel I was incredibly impressed by how the character and history of the building had been preserved. The interior design was done to a very high standard that was ...

A Chance Meeting at the Fireplace

A Chance Meeting at the Fireplace

During our ambient sit down and after-dinner-wine in the reception area we conversed with a fellow tourist and his wife in front of the fire. It was obvious from the conversation that the male in particular was very conversant with the region, and he gave us a good rundown of the area and more particularly what to see ...

Power To The People: How a Flour Mill Powered a Town

Power To The People: How a Flour Mill Powered a Town

For Piesse, cracking the code of electric power distribution and supply from the Premier Mill was without doubt a catalyst for his spawning multiple new industries in the district. If electric power was the beating heart for his various enterprises then it was the railways which were the arteries.

An Icon Restored: The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage

An Icon Restored: The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage

“Briefed to resurrect and transform an important remnant of Katanning’s agricultural/industrial past, and to position it as a hotel that celebrates and advances tourism in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, Spaceagency Architects has redefined the meaning of a heritage project. The historic hardware (machi...