40 Rare Color Photos of Kununurra Town, Australia in the Early Days of Establishment

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Established in 1961, Kununurra is a town in far northern Western Australia located at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley Region approximately 37 kilometres (23 mi) from the border with the Northern Territory. Kununurra was initiated to service the Ord River Irrigation Scheme.

Kununurra is the largest town in Western Australia north of Broome, with the closest town being Wyndham, 100 kilometres (62 mi) away. Kununurra is 3,040 kilometres (1,889 mi) from Perth via the Great Northern Highway.

The town is situated in among the scenic hills and ranges of the far north-east Kimberley Region, having an abundance of fresh water, conserved by the Ord River Diversion dam and the main Ord River Dam.

The tropical agriculture crops grown in the Ord River Irrigation Area have changed over the years. Tourism and mining have also become important to the local economy.

These rare color photos from Kununurra Museum that captured the town area of Kununurra, from the earliest marking out and construction, which had started during 1960, after the Public Works Department had shifted their camp from Bandicoot Bar to the new town site by December 1959.

First building at town – Government Office, November 1959

 Town Kununurra Marking out Coolibah Drive, Ord River Irrigation Area, November 1959

Town Marking out Coolibah Drive Kununurra, November 1959

Afternoon session at Geraldton building Co’s wet canteen (before C&N took over), October 1960

Afternoon session at Geraldton building Co’s wet canteen (before C&N took over), October 1960

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