Nambi

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Nambi Station is located in Western Australia
Nambi Station
Nambi Station
Location in Western Australia

Nambi is a pastoral lease and sheep station located about 65 kilometres (40 mi) north east of Leonora and 110 kilometres (68 mi) south east of Leinster in the Goldfields of Western Australia,

The station was established in 1899.[1]

The property was owned by the Leonora Pastoral company in 1925, who ran cattle on the leasehold. The Company sold 129 mixed cattle at Midland Junction sales in December 1929,[2] another 28 in January 1930,[3] and another 30 in March 1930.[4]

Plans were underfoot to change to sheep as early as 1925 when Geo Sexton, one of company directors, arrived at the station to commence fencing in preparation for the arrival of sheep at the station. The station had also recently purchased eight lorries.[5]

By 1926 Nambi sold some of their first clip with 55 bales sold at the Perth sales in October 1926.[6] and another 46 bales in 1928.[7]

Approximately 10,000 sheep were shorn at Nambi in 1928, with a total clip of 252 bales of wool. The shearing shed had recently been fitted with 6 stands of Lister machinery, whereas shearing had been all done by hand in the past.[8]

The Leonora Pastoral company put the property up for auction in 1930, advertising the property as having an area of 758,321 acres (306,882 ha) with tenure up until 1948. The station had 170 miles (274 km) of 5 or 6 wire sheep-proof fencing enclosing 280,000 acres (113,312 ha) into 14 paddocks and an additional 77 miles (124 km) of cattle fencing also in place. Water was available from 23 wells complete with windmills for a flock of approximately 11,000 sheep of which about 6,000 are breeding ewes, 70 cattle and 100 horses.[9]

The station was sold to the Murrum Pastoral Company and Mrs C. Fitzgerald in August 1930. They had bought the station for £18,600 with all plant but no sheep.[10] At this time the station occupied an area of 758,320 acres (306,881 ha) and had over 250 miles (402 km) of fencing in place. Having little surface water, the property also had 28 wells and in 1930 carried a flock of 9,500 sheep.[11] One of Nambi's neighbours is Clover Downs Station.

William Fitzgerald, of the Murrum Pastoral Company died in December 1933, leaving his wife and two sons. One son, Cyril Irwin Fitzgerald, is the manager at Nambi, while the other, Victor Fitzgerald, is the manager at Murrum Station.[12]

In 1937 the station bought an additional 70 Bungaree blood rams from the Hagley stud in Tammin,[13] followed by another 25 in 1938.[14]

A station employee, William Paul, inadvertently shot himself with his own weapon outside the men's quarters in 1941. The bullet grazed his ribs and lodged in his left arm, but the wound was not serious.[15]

The station had a good year in 1948 when 17,715 sheep were shorn and 465 bales of wool were collected which was an increase of 3,500 sheep on the previous year. Lambing was estimated at 81%.[16]

Two shearers, members of Len Mitchell's shearing team, became lost when out shooting following rain; this held up shearing in 1949. The two men, Don McDonald and Ronald Bacon went shooting and became lost in the bush where they spent two of the coldest and wettest nights of the year. Both men were found safe and well about 12 miles (19 km) from the homestead. Vehicles and trackers from the station covered over 400 miles (644 km) in the search for the men.[17]

The following year the station sold off 3,000 sheep to nearby Wilbah Station.[18]

Cyril Irwin Joseph Fitzgerald, who had owned and managed Nambi since 1933, died in January 1951, aged 41.[19] He left his entire estate to his widow.[20]

Minara Resources currently owns Nambi, along with three other nearby properties: Glenorn, Yundamindera and Minara Stations. Glenorn and Nambi currently run approximately 1,700 head of cattle.[21]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Appendix I - The Rangelands’ Sub-regions" (PDF). 28 February 2005. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fat Cattle". Western Mail (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 12 December 1929. p. 42. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fat Cattle". Western Mail (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 9 January 1930. p. 40. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fat Cattle". Western Mail (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 20 March 1930. p. 41. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Leonora pastoral notes.". Sunday Times (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 15 February 1925. p. 24. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Goldsbrough, Mort and company.". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 20 October 1926. p. 10. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Perth wool sales". Western Mail (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 15 November 1928. p. 50. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Nambi Station woolshed, near Leonora.". Sunday Times (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 11 November 1928. p. 9 Section: Second Section. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Advertising.". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 11 April 1930. p. 3. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Real Estate.". Sunday Times (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 3 August 1930. p. 15. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "From gold to sheep". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 1 June 1934. p. 17. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "A Pastoralist passes". Sunday Times (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 24 December 1933. p. 16 Section: First Section. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Stock and Station". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 13 May 1937. p. 8. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Rural topics". Geraldton Guardian and Express (Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 31 March 1938. p. 4. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Man shot on Station.". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 9 December 1941. p. 3. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Nambi Station clip.". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 17 June 1948. p. 11 Edition: 3rd EDITION. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Shearers bushed.". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 27 May 1949. p. 25. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Leonora sheep sales". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 13 May 1950. p. 25. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Family Notices.". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 2 February 1951. p. 25. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Three Estates.". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 31 March 1951. p. 10. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Minara Resources - Pastoral Coordinator". 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

Coordinates: 28°23′28″S 121°40′39″E / 28.39111°S 121.67750°E / -28.39111; 121.67750