Have you ever noticed small concrete and stone squares with remnants of fireplaces, drains etc scattered through the bush around the Williams Road exit from the Marri picnic area? They were probably no more than one room shacks, . It has been suggested that the huts were for post World War 2 eastern European migrants, or water supply construction workers. My WW2 immigrant mate John Z assures me that they only had tents on bare earth or sleepers until they got a house. (Interestingly this largely accounts for the lack of evidence of these remarkable times apart from residents with names ending with ik ic ich and ych. There is a great story here.
I think that the inhabitants were construction workers for the Bottle Creek dam that was built in 1922. The dam was built after the burning of the Hordern Hotel and another business caused an demand for a reliable water supply and a fire brigade.
Before 1954, Narrogin was chronically short of fresh water. The Narrogin Observer regularly reported water restrictions, and I found a great 1945 Daily News headline ‘More beer in Narrogin than water’.
Did the ancient druids discover Narrogin?
Was human sacrifice and other ghastly rituals conducted at Foxes Lair at this very place
Is the Narrogin Bunyip a druidic idol?
Stay tuned for more revelations!!!!!