Tunney, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Tunney Roadhouse
Tunney is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 34°07′01″S 117°22′01″E / 34.117°S 117.367°E / -34.117; 117.367Coordinates: 34°07′01″S 117°22′01″E / 34.117°S 117.367°E / -34.117; 117.367
Established 1912
Postcode(s) 6321
Elevation 257 m (843 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup
State electorate(s) Roe
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Tunney is a town located along the Albany Highway between Kojonup and Cranbrook, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

The district was first settled in the 1850s and by 1909 a new settler named J.A. Atcheson wrote to the government asking for assistance with establishing a school and other facilities and asking for a townsite to be declared. Following inspection some land near Slab Hut Gully was set aside for a townsite which was locally known as Paul Valley. Lots were surveyed in 1910, and the Aboriginal name of Tulungup (from Teulungup) was proposed only to be rejected by the Minister of Lands. The local residents then unanimously supported the name Tunney be used. The Minister of Lands then chose the name Nymbupp only to face stiff opposition from the locals and eventually Tunney was used. The townsite was gazetted in 1912.[1]

The town was also known as Slab Hut.

The name Tunney comes from the oldest local resident in the area at the time, James Tunney, who owned lands around the area in the 1880s. He was the son of Sergeant John Tunney who was an enrolled Pensioner guard and had settled in the area in the 1860s.

An agricultural hall was opened in the town in 1913, by Mr A.E. Piesse, in front of a large Crowd including Mr Tunney. Tunney was presented with a set of pipes and his wife received a tea service from Piesse in recoginition of all their contributions to the community, including the use of their house for town meetings.[2]

The roadhouse was destroyed by fire on 28th May, 2017.


  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – T". Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  2. ^ "TUNNEY". Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 14 February 1913. p. 20. Retrieved 9 June 2012.