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Yowangup Homestead Group


Shire of Katanning

Place Number

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285 Trimmer Rd Moojebing

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Quartermaine's house (fmr)
Yowangup Homestead, Katanning

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1870

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
State Register Registered 17 Dec 2010 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 1

Category 1

• Possible state or national significance. • Highest level of protection appropriate.

Statement of Significance

Yowangup has both historical and social significance. It represents one of the very first properties established in Katanning and is still owned by descendants of the original owner, Elijah Quartermaine. The significance of this site is heightened in that it contains the grave of Elijah Quartermaine who is considered as the first settler in the Katanning district.

Physical Description

The Yowangup property is entered via a conifer lined driveway. The house has Flemish bond brick walls and a high-pitched broken back roof and granite foundations. The original shingle roof has been replaced with corrugated iron. The verandah is of sawn board, and the house has pane casement windows. Fibro extensions and iron infill to verandah has been carried out. There Eire also tanks, framed outbuildings and sheds, which form part of the property. There are post and rail fences.
Oleander, Japanese pepper and fruit trees surround the house. Located on the property is Elijah Quartermaine's grave. Currently the house is unoccupied and deteriorating.


Elijah Quartermaine was one of the first settlers in the district of Katanning. Finding abundant water and feed for his sheep in the area, Quartermaine permanently settled and was the first to secure land (1852). His first lease was on Kojonup location 11, which was to become the homestead of Yowangup - a name derived from a spring on his property.
Descendants of Quartermaine still own and manage the property, which also has on it the grave of Quartermaine.




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Bignell M; "A Place to Meet: a History of the Shire of Katanning Western Australia". UWA Press 1981

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
7638 Yowangup homestead, Katanning Conservation Plan. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2006

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use FARMING\PASTORAL Homestead
Original Use FARMING\PASTORAL Homestead

Architectural Styles

Victorian Georgian

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Other STONE Granite
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Early settlers
OCCUPATIONS Domestic activities
OCCUPATIONS Grazing, pastoralism & dairying
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

07 Jun 1996

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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