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Shire of Yalgoo

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Melangata Rd Melangata

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Malangata Station

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1917

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
State Register Registered 30 Oct 1998 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 19 Jun 1996 Category 1

Category 1

Highest level of protection appropriate: recommend for entry in the Register of Heritage Places; provide maximum encouragement to the owner to conserve the significance of the place.

Classified by the National Trust Classified 02 Sep 1985

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Indicative Place

Heritage Council

Statement of Significance

The Melangata Station Homestead has historic significance for its role in the development of the pastoral industry in the Yalgoo district. It has further significance as a rare example of the work of Priest- Architect Monsignor John Hawes in the field of domestic architecture. Melangata Station has both aesthetic and rarity value for the handpainted pressed metal ceilings which are also a feature of the Noongal Station Homestead [Place 22] and Carlaminda Station Homestead. [Place 23] The chapel, tower, and breezeway also contribute to the aesthetic significance of the place.

Physical Description

The Melangata Station Homestead is a stone building with a corrugated iron roof and surrounding verandahs. It features a stone tower which has several large cracks visible and a chapel which opens off the living room. There is a breezeway between the living and sleeping quarters. The living room features pressed metal ceilings handpainted by H.C. Jermy.


Although pastoral leases of the majority of land surrounding Melangata were taken up before 1880, the area on which the homestead is located was not leased until 1897. For about twenty years the only dwelling on the property was a simple humpy at an outcamp by the Cue Road which passed through the Melangata pastoral lease. cl915 C.C. Williamson became the owner of the station and cl917 the present house was completed. The house was designed by Father J.C. Hawes, whose parish included Yalgoo at that time. Hawes also supervised the erection of the building which is his only non -ecclesiastical building in Western Australia. [A. Palmer, Yalgoo, p148-150]


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
A Palmer; "Yalgoo". p.148-150 1985

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
9287 Melangata homestead Yalgoo Western Australia. Proposed restoration works. Conservation works report 2009
6644 Conservation works to Melangata Homestead via Yalgoo. Conservation works report 2003
3901 Final Report on 1998-99 Conservation Works-Chapel and Lounge Melangata Homestead Heritage Study {Other} 1999
3526 Conservation Plan for the Melangata Homestead Melangata Station, Shire of Yalgoo Western Australia Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1998

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


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

Architectural Styles

Inter-War Romanesque

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Other Stone

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Grazing, pastoralism & dairying

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

31 Dec 2016


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