May 2020




Located at the Old Schoolmaster's House, Edenvale Heritage Precinct, Pinjarra.

We regret the Schoolmaster’s House will not be open to the public during April – and until further notice.  Please note that enquiries about local history will still be answered by our members.  (see contacts below)


Do You Know That?

As we continue our discovery of Pinjarra’s heritage buildings:

As you approach Pinjarra from the north on South West Highway you will encounter another of Pinjarra’s heritage buildings on your left, before crossing the bridge.  The Premier Hotel stands on the bank of the Murray at the corner of South West Highway and Williams Road.


The arrival of the railway to Pinjarra in 1893 gave the town a new lease of life and in 1894 the Premier Hotel was built opposite the new railway station, in competition with the Exchange Hotel on the south side of the bridge.


The Premier Hotel was constructed by the McLarty family who already had a hotel licence at the Pinjarra Arms, Blythewood.  In 1894 Duncan McLarty transferred this licence to the Premier Hotel and was its first licensee. By the early 1900’s, travellers on the Perth-Bunbury railway could enjoy an overnight stay at the Premier.


The original building was built with two storeys with a single storey wing at the rear.  The second storey was built with a large L shaped verandah.


Follow our monthly articles in the Community Newspaper for more information about the history of Pinjarra and the heritage buildings of the Murray District.  And we always welcome any stories or photos you are willing to share with us.


For more photos and stories of the rich history of the Murray, look at our Website 


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Do you have an interest in the history of Pinjarra and the Murray Districts?

If you would like to become one of our volunteers, please advise Jill on 0408 846 567 or by email


And we welcome new members.

For information about the Murray Districts Historical Society, its membership and its activities,

please contact our secretary Dawn Hodgkinson by email:


For assistance with research or general questions about local history, contact Merv Beacham on 0417 986 838, Penny Hoffman on 0407 422 771 or Val King on 0458 673 608


Murray Districts Historical Society • Old Schoolmaster's House, Henry Street • Edenvale Precinct • Pinjarra Western Australia