town on the Great Eastern Highway about 157km East of Perth
The town of Cunderdin
lies at the foot of Cunderdin Hill and was named by the explorer Charles
Hunt in June, 1864. The word "Cunderdin" is derived from an
Aboriginal language and means " the place of many flowers ".
European settlement began
with the railway in 1894 when three families took up residence. The
first farm let was taken up in 1898 and in 1901.
Cunderin lies in the lush
Avon Valley and harbors one of the pumping stations that move water
along the quite extraordinary Goldfields Water Scheme pipeline all the
way from near Perth out to Kalgoorlie. Stretching west over 563km, it
is the longest water pipeline in the world. It was the brainchild of
WA’s chief engineer, Charles O’Connor, who designed it and
oversaw its construction. And the strain of it all killed him. In March,
1902, a month before the first water was pumped into the pipeline, O’Connor
shot and killed himself on Fremantle Beach. Once pumping began, it took
the water nine days to reach Cunderdin and another 10 months before
it finally reached Kalgoorlie, to the obvious delight of the locals.
The original pumping machinery can be seen in the old pumping station,
built in 1902, which now hosts the Cunderdin
Museum which also has the best and most extensive display of farm
machinery anywhere in Australia. About 25km west of Cunderdin, near
Mekering, you can still see the scare left on the earth by one of Australia’s
biggest earthquakes which took place in 1968 measuring 6.8 on the Richter
The economy of the Shire is
primarily agriculture based. The Cunderdin Agricultural College is three
km's north of the town and has approximately 110 students supported
by 50 staff and their families.
Adjacent to the College is
the Cunderdin Airstrip. It is a major aerodrome complex consisting of
bitumen runways, taxiways, hangars and support infrastructure which
was constructed early in the Second World War as the base for the RAAF
Flying School. It is now owned by the Shire and is currently the base
for the Gliding Club of Western Australia.
74 Olympic Ave
Cunderdin WA 6407
Telephone: (08) 9635 1258
Main St. Cunderdin
Telephone: (08) 96 351 777
fax 96351 744