Round Pool


Shire of Woodanilling

Place Number



Moojebing Creek Woodanilling

Location Details

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
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Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
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Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Mar 2003 Category 5

Statement of Significance

The pool is important for its association with the development of the pastoral industry in the region and with pioneering families. It is also important for its association with the building of the Great Southern Railway and the consequent siting of a railway siding in the vicinity. The original name for the railway siding was taken from this pool. The pool is also significant as a meeting place for the early settlers.

Physical Description

One of a series of permanent pools in the Boyerine Creek which flows north from the Moojebing/Marracoonda area into Norring Lake. From the north the most significant of the pools are the Dolapin, Noomberring, Boyerine, Bintamilling, Ngeatalling and Round Pools. The pool was circular in shape (hence its name) and is located in Moojebing Creek, one km south of mex-Woodamlling townsite. Round Pool was fed by a fresh water (now saline) spring (Woodanilling Spring) 200 m east of the pool. Over the years the pool has become almost silted up with a large sand bar on the south west side. The pool had a diameter of some 20-30 m.


The pool provided fresh water for early pastoralists, shepherds and their flocks of sheep. They were also a source of water for sandalwood cutters and carters in the early days of European settlement. The Quartermaine family had from the mid 1860's held huge pastoral leases on the Boyerine Creek. Extending northwards from their base at Yowangup, some 65,000 acres were held in this manner up to William Andrews' holding around Norring Lake. In 1868 Elijah Quartermaine (Junior) took the northern leases over in his own right and after freeholding land at his home at Boyamine secured permanency at the creek pools by buying 40 acre blocks surrounding Boyerine Pool (1873), Ngeatalling Pool (1878) and Dolapin Pool (1879). The original Quartermaine lease (555) surrounding Round Pool was converted to Williams Location 281 in 1890. A surveyor's sketch show tracks crossing from Boyerine and Yowangup from the two Quartermaine homesteads. The building of the Great Southern Railway brought the first official use of the name Round Pool. The Police Commissioner in seeking a more direc^link for the mail coaches between the railheads asked John Chipper (mail contractor) if he knew anything of the road from Arthur River to Round Pool. "Round Pool" as the farming property became known was owned for a time by Clair Stewart around 1907/8. Stewart did the brickwork for the Moojebing Hotel built in 1904. It was then purchased by Richard Wilcox who had previously leased Jas Doyle's property west of Boyerine. In 1908 this was auctioned and sold to the Ramm family. Wilcox, who was a keen horse breeder, erected substantial stables at "Round Pool". However, these were razed by a fire. In 1912, Tom Garstone of "Martling", Moojebing purchased "Round Pool" and other blocks which were taken over by his second son, Clarie (1951).


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
John Bird; "Round Pool to Woodanilling", pp 65, 74, 85, 89, 142, 144, 150-1, 170, 180, 201, 243 1985
Woodanilling Pioneer Heritage Trail Brochure
Photos/Maps; 2-7, 2-8; John Bird; "Round Pool to Woodanilling", pp 150, 189, 192 (3) 1985

Place Type

Historic Site


Epoch General Specific

Historic Themes

General Specific
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS Rail & light rail transport

Creation Date

24 Aug 2004

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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