Margs Celebrates 100 Years

The town of Margaret River recently celebrated its 100 years of township, after being officially gazetted on February 07th, 1913.

The news article “100 Years of Margaret River: Century as a township” has full details on this story. It says, “Margaret River township was gazetted on February 7, 1913, after the Margaret River Progress Association, in 1910, asked the Minister for Lands to declare a township at Upper Margaret River bridge. The association’s plea was to avoid public buildings being dotted several miles apart in the near future.”

As Jan Matthews notes in a new book about local history, most settlers resided around Lower Margaret River Bridge, on Caves Road (now known as Peirce Bridge), and in the early days this was believed to be the most suitable site for the township.

But the Perth government decided against it on the pretext that there were too many large private landholdings to make it a feasible place.

As an alternative, 1000 acres (around 400 hectares) around Upper Margaret River Bridge were gazetted for the township.

It was decided in 1918 that having both the river and the town called by the same name was confusing. Therefore, the name of the town was officially changed to Margaret.

However, the new railway track was named “Margaret River”, and the postmaster requested that the name be changed again, but his request was knocked back.

Later in 1927, the surveyor-general advised the undersecretary for lands that the name should be changed again to the original, just because everybody called it that. By that time, Margaret River was a flourishing little community with many shops and a farrier just outside the town.

With the establishment of a passenger service and railway freight in 1924, the Cowaramup siding became a crowded centre. The same year the railway went through to Margaret River, and later to Flinders Bay and Karridale.

The setting up of the Margaret River Hotel by Bernard McKeown in 1936 provided the town with a contemporary building to draw visitors and perhaps laid the foundation for the tourism sector that flourishes today.

The region didn’t prosper significantly during World War II and the depression. Post World War came a wave of migrants, bringing the then-unheard names that are today part of the fabric of local life.

Margaret River saw its tourism potential develop steadily during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Today, the area attracts visitors from all across the globe thanks to its world-class wine, delectable local produce, beautiful beaches and magnificent forests.

You can find all the information you need about Margaret River here

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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