Maroonah

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Maroonah is located in Western Australia
Maroonah
Maroonah
Location in Western Australia

Coordinates: 23°28′44″S 115°32′50″E / 23.479008°S 115.547360°E / -23.479008; 115.547360 (Maroonah)

Maroonah Station, often referred to as Maroonah, is a pastoral lease that operates as a sheep station.

It is located about 190 kilometres (118 mi) east of Coral Bay and 210 kilometres (130 mi) south of Onslow in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Maroonah occupies an area of 1,972 square kilometres (761 sq mi) and shares boundaries with Towera, Lyndon, Mangaroon, Ullawarra, Edmund and Glenflorrie Stations as well as the Barlee Range Wildlife Sanctuary.[1] The traditional owners of the area are the Tharrkari who currently lease and manage neighbouring Ullawarra station.[2]

Maroonah was established in 1893 by J. H. Mansfield and began trading in wool the same year.[3][4] Mansfield had previously managed Karratha and Middalya Stations before acquiring Maroonah.[5] Following the death of Mansfield in 1907[5] the property was being run his wife, Annie Mansfield, and the manager of the property John Griffin.[6][7]

The station was flooded in 1909 following severe weather that washed away miles of fencing.[8] Later the same year shearing produced a clip of over 150 bales of wool from the flock of 10,000 sheep.[6] Mrs. Mansfield died in 1911 and the partnership of Mansfield and Griffin was dissolved in 1912,[9] with Maroonah being put up for auction later the same year.

At the time it occupied an area of 212,300 acres (85,915 ha) subdivided into nine paddocks with 127 miles (204 km) of fencing. It was watered by nine wells and stocked with 10,200 sheep and 70 horses.[10] The purchaser was W. S. Finey who hired G. F. Egan to be the stations manager.[11] When Finey arrived he found the property in the grip of a drought and plagued by dingos. The stock was mustered and it was found that only 2,000 sheep were present.[12]

Frank Craig, the owner of Portree and Yalbalgo Stations, acquired Maroonah in October 1913.[13] The Craig family remained associated with the property with Gordon Craig dying in 1951.[14]

In 2009 the traditional owners of the area, the Thudgari people, were awarded native title of some 1,200 square kilometres (463 sq mi) in the area including Maroonah, Glenflorrie and Mangaroon Stations. The land use agreement will allow the Thudgari access to their traditional lands to hunt, gather and camp.[15]

Maroonah, Mangaroon and Diamond Downs were on the market in 2018, the properties had a combined area of 3,070 square kilometres (1,185 sq mi) and were carrying about 5,000 head of droughtmaster cattle. The properties were listed at A$7 million.[16]

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  1. ^ "Station Reports" (PDF). Department of Agriculture. 1980. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Tharrkari – The People and their Traditional Country". Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre. 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Commercial Intelligence". The West Australian. Perth. 10 March 1893. p. 2. Retrieved 4 May 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Sporting Intelligence". The West Australian. Perth, Western Australuia. 4 November 1893. p. 2. Retrieved 4 May 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ a b "Death of Mr. J. H. Mansfield". The Northern Times. Carnarvon, Western Australia. 27 April 1907. p. 2. Retrieved 4 May 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ a b "Mr. Matheson's trip". The Northern Times. Carnarvon, Western Australia. 4 September 1909. p. 4. Retrieved 4 May 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Griffin, Hugh (2012). John Joseph Griffin: The Life and Times of an Irish Emigrant.
  8. ^ "Weather in the Nor'-West". The West Australian. Perth. 8 February 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 4 May 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Advertising". The Northern Times. Carnarvon, Western Australia. 10 February 1912. p. 2. Retrieved 4 May 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Advertising". The West Australian. Perth. 12 October 1912. p. 3. Retrieved 4 May 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "Maroonah". The Northern Times. Carnarvon, Western Australia. 31 May 1913. p. 3. Retrieved 4 May 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "Ashburton". The Northern Times. Carnarvon, Western Australia. 23 August 1913. p. 3. Retrieved 4 May 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ "Ashburton Maroonah". The Northern Times. Carnarvon, Western Australia. 25 October 1913. p. 2. Retrieved 4 May 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  14. ^ "Personal". The West Australian. Perth. 1 June 1951. p. 2. Retrieved 5 May 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ Laurissa Smith (18 November 2009). "Thudgari people claim native title rights in the Upper Gascoyne". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  16. ^ "For Sale – Maroonah and Mangaroon Pastoral Stations Lots 354 and 521 Maroonah and Mangaroon Stations and Diamond Downs". Elders Limited. Retrieved 11 January 2018.