Wagga Wagga Station
Wagga Wagga is located on the Geraldton Mount Magnet
Road in southwest Western Australia, a distance of about
410 km north-northeast from Perth and 30 km east of
Wagga Wagga Station is one of two pastoral stations
established by Henry and John Broad last century.
In 1985 the Kanny family, originally from Manjimup,
bought the 89,000 hectare property and continued to
improve the Merino stock and fleece.
The original home, which is around 10km from the main
homestead, was made from stone and mud cement, but only
two walls still remaining standing.
The new homestead is made up of two buildings.
Jakob (left), Jo, Brett and Josh Kanny, are one of the few remaining station owning families in the Murchison still farming.
The first has the original store-room /shop (which is no longer in use) pressed tin roofs and mud brick walls. This building is believed to be over 100 years old.
With the income from the wool, the top house was added in 1924 and features high ceilings, wide wooden verandahs, Jarrah floorboards and stained glass in the front entrance.
The old mud brick farrier shed and horse stables have been converted and a six stand shearing shed was built in 1975 to replace the original shed after a fire.
At the station’s peak, Wagga Wagga was home to 8500 Merino sheep and 3,000 lambs.
Recently the Kanny family destocked the station of sheep due to an escalating wild dog problem as their flock was slowly decreasing on a yearly basis. (See link below)
The wild dog problem is currently managed by local professional Doggers, working in conjunction with the pastoralists.
Until the remaining 480 kilometre vermin proof fence is constructed between the existing State barrier fences, the Kannys on Wagga Wagga Station will have to continue their “full time job” of combating the wild dog problem( if they wish to return to sheep), particularly Merinos for wool production.
See “Pastoral Stations/Leases” - “The Murchison Regional Vermin Council (MRVC)”.
There are an estimated 60,000 wild dogs in WA, with stock losses due to wild dog attacks costing the pastoral industry $7m annually.