Presenter: Chrissy Morrissy
Air Date: 20 June 2021
Part of the Fitzgerald Biosphere, Ravensthorpe is a town steeped in mining & agriculture history. Chrissy takes us there to explore the history of the area and other hidden gems.
- Ravensthorpe is a town 526 km south-east of Perth and 40 km inland from the south coast of Western Australia.
- Ravensthorpe is home to the world’s tallest freestanding lollipop. It stands at 7.4 metres tall and 4 metres wide at the Yummylicious Candy Shack.
- Ravensthorpe has been mined for gold, copper, silver, nickel and other minerals, leaving behind many mining relics - some of which can be viewed at the Dance Cottage Museum.
- In 1848, the area was first surveyed by then State Surveyor-General John Septimus Roe. The Dunn brothers settled in the area in 1868 when they took up land at Cocanarup.
- The Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council’s ‘farm gate art trail’ project currently has 15 locations.
- The art trail project is made up of fabulous sculptures, mainly crafted from farm scrap metal and are themed around local wildflowers.
- The Kukenuarup Memorial is a memorial 15km west of Ravensthorpe, that commemorates the killing of many Noongar people following the death of John Dunn.
For more information: https://www.ravensthorpe.wa.gov.au/