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Kojonup
Western Australia
Kojonup.jpg
Giant Dray in Kojonup
Population 1,122 (2006 census)
Established 1845
Postcode(s) 6395
Elevation 305 m (1,001 ft)
Location
  • 256 km (159 mi) S of Perth
  • 152 km (94 mi) N of Albany
LGA(s) Shire of Kojonup
State electorate(s) Wagin
Federal Division(s) O'Connor
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.2 °C
70 °F
9.2 °C
49 °F
531.3 mm
20.9 in

Kojonup is a town 256 km south-east of Perth, Western Australia along Albany Highway. The name Kojonup is believed to refer to the "Kodja" or stone axe made by Indigenous Australians, from the local stone.

History

The Noongar people are the traditional owners and inhabitants of Kojonup. Specifically, the Noongar people of Kojonup today are descendants of the Kaneang tribe. Historically the Noongar people drank from the local freshwater spring and hunted game with the traditional Noongar ‘kodj’, or stone axe. Both Kojonup and The Kodja Place are named after the historically significant implement.

The first European in the area was surveyor Alfred Hillman who arrived in 1837 and had been guided to freshwater spring by the Noongar people. The site was an important staging place on the road to Albany, and in 1837 a military post was established there for the protection of travellers and the mail. By 1845 this outpost had grown to support a military barracks, built on the site of the freshwater spring. Today, the barracks still stands on its original site and houses the Kojonup Pioneer Museum. The barracks is one of the oldest buildings in Western Australia. The first farms in Kojonup were set up by soldiers with settlement grants. The appointment in 1865 of a mounted Police Constable marked the phasing out of the military presence at Kojonup. By the late 1860s the military had left and the Barracks became a focus for community gatherings, much as it is today. The town's first Police Station was built in 1869 and the first hotel licence was granted in 1868.

In early 1898 the population of the town was 67, 32 men and 35 women.

In 1926 the Kojonup Memorial Hall was built at a cost of £5,000, it was officially opened by Major General Sir Talbot Hobbs.

Kojonup has been the home to many important Australian Rules Football players, including several players of Indigenous Australian descent.

Recreation

Sporting facilities include a golf club with 18 holes, a tennis club, a skate park, a 50-metre outdoor swimming pool, football oval, netball courts, and hockey ovals. Other attractions are Kodja Place and rose maze. Town Elder, Jack Cox gives tours at the Kodja Place, recognising the Noongar history of Kojonup.

Climate

Climate data for Kojonup
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 44.2
(111.6)
43.2
(109.8)
38.6
(101.5)
36.1
(97)
32.2
(90)
22.8
(73)
21.5
(70.7)
24.6
(76.3)
27.4
(81.3)
33.2
(91.8)
38.8
(101.8)
40.1
(104.2)
44.2
(111.6)
Average high °C (°F) 29.5
(85.1)
28.8
(83.8)
26.1
(79)
22.2
(72)
18.1
(64.6)
15.1
(59.2)
14.4
(57.9)
14.9
(58.8)
16.8
(62.2)
20.1
(68.2)
23.5
(74.3)
27.7
(81.9)
21.4
(70.5)
Average low °C (°F) 13.1
(55.6)
13.7
(56.7)
12.6
(54.7)
10.6
(51.1)
8.1
(46.6)
6.7
(44.1)
5.9
(42.6)
5.8
(42.4)
6.2
(43.2)
6.2
(43.2)
9.7
(49.5)
11.8
(53.2)
9.3
(48.7)
Record low °C (°F) 4.0
(39.2)
3.9
(39)
2.4
(36.3)
2.2
(36)
-3.5
(25.7)
-2.5
(27.5)
-2.6
(27.3)
-1.4
(29.5)
-1.0
(30.2)
-0.2
(31.6)
0.0
(32)
2.8
(37)
-3.5
(25.7)
Precipitation mm (inches) 13.9
(0.547)
13.9
(0.547)
22.0
(0.866)
32.3
(1.272)
66.6
(2.622)
87.1
(3.429)
86.5
(3.406)
74.0
(2.913)
52.7
(2.075)
39.8
(1.567)
24.1
(0.949)
15.2
(0.598)
527.3
(20.76)
Humidity 37 41 42 50 62 72 72 70 63 57 48 41 55
Avg. precipitation days 3.4 3.2 4.6 7.7 13.4 16.7 18.1 17.0 14.2 11.0 6.8 4.0 120.1

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