Western Australian
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This is a real Photo card of somewhere in WA. It was posted October 1907 from Perth and message only says
"photo is the boarding house where I am staying. You may notice my sighn(sic). Board of the livery stables. Yours Willie"
Sent to Miss Klimm in Yarrowie in S.A.

Can anyone identify where GEO.Old had a railway doarding house. The building on the left reads hotel exchange royal,
whilst tthe building on the right is Arnold Piesse & Coy.

The card is an empire which means it was a personal photo developed as a postcard & so often such cards are unique although several prints could also be made.

Like so many things "one will never know:"

Derek Pocock

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Royal Exchange Hotel Katanning

Derek as you can see the facade on top of the pub is 100% correct also the chimney
The hotel is actually for sale for $450 000 you can just kind of make out that there is a lane in between the building on the original which threw me a tad on the new image as there is a alfresco area or beer garden alongside in the new image but after further digging I found


On the title is endorsed a right of carriageway over portion of the land for the benefit of the proprietor of the land immediately to the south east of the subject land. This is a disused laneway 1.19 metres wide and 21.63 metres long running from Austral terrace. Obviously in days gone by the laneway provided access to the building next door. The old door has now been bricked up and the laneway is not used I have no idea why they would have taken the balcony off the top floor but I am thinking possibly fire or just good old fashioned old age . The double row of bricks that are corbelled out under the writing on the façade is where the original timber plate would have been bolted to attach verandah rafters.

Hope this helps Jeff Trinidad


The South Australian newspaper,  The Advertiser,  reported on the 18th November 1903 in an article entitled “APPILA-YARROWIE”  that Mr J G [Johann Gottlieb] Klemm had died at his farm “Gum Bank”. He was 73 and according to the article had five sons, four daughters, 55 grandchildren and  two great grandchildren. One of his daughters, Ada was unmarried and “still living at home”. Perhaps Derek Pocock’s  card was sent to Ada Klemm or one of her nieces rather than a Miss Klimm.  

John Luyer "High Beach"                                                

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