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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Central Greenough, Western Australia

The leaning gum tree

Inside St Peters

St Peters Catholic Church

St Catherine's Anglican Church

Church Hall

School house

Police station, courthouse and gaol

Central Greenough was the local administration centre in the 1860's for a thriving agricultural area but rust on the wheat, drought, flood, and low commodity prices led to the area's decline. The National Trust recognises the heritage value of Greenough and since the 1970's efforts have been made to prevent further deterioration of the buildings.

The leaning trees of Greenough belong to a native Western Australian species camaldulensis, River Gum. This characteristic lean is caused by constant strong southerly winds that burn off growth on the windward side. It is a hardy grower but has weak branches.