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Ravensthorpe is a town 541 km south-east of Perth, 40 km inland from the south coast of Western Australia. It is the seat of government of the Shire of Ravensthorpe. At the, Ravensthorpe had a population of 438.In 1848, the area was surveyed by Surveyor General John Septimus Roe who named many of the geographical features nearby, including the nearby Ravensthorpe Range that the later town was named after. There was also one of the Western Australian Government Railways isolated branch lines between Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe, the line opened in 1909.Alluvial gold was discovered at the Phillips River in 1892. At the goldfield a de facto town emerged, known as Phillips River. The government completed construction of a copper and gold smelter about 2 km south east of the town in 1906, used to cast copper and gold ingots.HistoryA temporary pastoral lease was registered by James Dunn senior in 1868. His five sons and daughter started sheep farming at the property, Cocanarup, in 1871, after George and John Dunn drove a herd from Albany. In 1873 the family was granted a permanent lease of 4049ha.The region is infamous for the Ravensthorpe Massacre, also called the Cocanarup Massacre, where many Noongar people were massacared in revenge for the lawful spearing of John Dunn in 1880 for the raping of a 13 year old Noongar girl.Ravensthorpe is in Western Australia. Add Ravensthorpe and other destinations to your itinerary using our Australia day trip site , and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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