Chirritta

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Chirritta is located in Western Australia
Chirritta
Chirritta
Location in Western Australia

Coordinates: 21°00′44″S 116°48′27″E / 21.01220°S 116.80754°E / -21.01220; 116.80754 (Chirritta)

Chirritta Station most often referred to as Chirritta or Cherratta is a pastoral lease operating as a sheep station in Western Australia.

The property is situated approximately 46 kilometres (29 mi) south of Roebourne and 86 kilometres (53 mi) north east of Pannawonica in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. A portion of the Maitland River runs through the property.

The property was established by Donald Norman McLeod in the 1872[1][2] who returned to Victoria in 1882 and purchased Yannarie Estate near Portland and later returned to Western Australia acquiring Minilya Station.[1] In 1884 Chirritta was reportedly sold for £18,000.[3] By 1888 the property was put up for auction on behalf of D.N. McLeod and Company, the property was stocked with 17,000 sheep along with about 200 head of cattle.[4]

The property was owned by Richardson, Edgar and Gillam in 1893.[5] Gillam introduced merino rams into the flock in 1899.[6] A cyclone passed through the area later the same year depositing 3 inches (76 mm) of rain at the station and tearing the roof from the old homestead.[7]

Gillam became the sole owner of Chirritta at some time prior to 1905. He sold it in 1907 to the Withnell brothers who owned the neighbouring Karratha Station.[8] At the time the property supported about 16,000 sheep and shearing that year produced 288 bales of wool.[9]

Cases of leprosy were reported amongst the Aboriginal people who were living at Chirritta in 1912.[10]

The Withnells sold Chirritta in 1920 to Clarence Meares who paid an estimated £30,000 for the property.[11] The property was stocked with about 22,000 sheep when Meares took possession.[12]

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  1. ^ a b "McLeod, Donald Norman". Parliament of Victoria. 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Advertising". The Inquirer & Commercial News. Perth. 19 June 1878. p. 2. Retrieved 9 March 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Occasional Notes". The West Australian. Perth. 7 June 1884. p. 3. Retrieved 9 March 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Advertising". The Daily News. Perth. 13 April 1888. p. 2. Retrieved 9 March 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "The Aborigines protection board". The West Australian. Perth. 4 July 1893. p. 6. Retrieved 9 March 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Stud sheep for Westralia". The Inquirer & Commercial News. Perth. 31 March 1899. p. 9. Retrieved 9 March 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "The Recent Milly-Willy in the Nor'-West". Kalgoorlie Miner. Western Australia. 4 April 1899. p. 3. Retrieved 9 March 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "Stock and Station news". The Northern Times. Carnarvon, Western Australia. 9 February 1907. p. 2. Retrieved 9 March 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Roebourne news". The Northern Times. Carnarvon, Western Australia. 19 October 1907. p. 2. Retrieved 9 March 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Leprosy in the west". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 2 August 1912. p. 10. Retrieved 9 March 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "Local and General". The Northern Times. Carnarvon, Western Australia. 6 November 1920. p. 2. Retrieved 9 March 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "Roebourne Notes". The Northern Times. Carnarvon, Western Australia. 13 November 1920. p. 2. Retrieved 9 March 2014 – via National Library of Australia.