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Gingin History

A long History

GINGIN is one of the oldest towns in the State, and retains some important remnants of its pioneering days dating back to the 1850s.

A compact and accessible walking trail has been identified, featuring many historical attractions within the Town’s Central Precinct. These include Jones’ Shop, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, the Uniting Church, the Gingin Post Office and Philbey’s Cottage, which were all built between 1854 and 1903. The buildings are all visible along the Jim Gordon VC Trail, which traverses the Gingin Brook and offers a cool, peaceful stroll through ferns and lilies under a canopy of ancient paperbarks. Allow at least 45 minutes to enjoy this walk.

Gingin was one of the earliest settled areas in the State, with explorers and pioneers arriving in 1831, only two years after the Swan River Colony was proclaimed. Since its foundation, the town has grown and prospered whilst retaining the charm and appeal of an English village.

In the centre of town is the picturesque Granville Park which is surrounded by preserved buildings of historical significance. This is an excellent spot for a picnic or barbecue, alongside a unique water wheel propelled by the flowing waters of the Gingin Brook, which rises from several springs not far from the town and flows strongly all year round. The Gingin Community Resource and Visitor Centre is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.

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• St Lukes Church.

• Walking the Jim Gordon VC Trail.