Brief History of Narembeen
Narembeen is located 280km east of Perth in Western Australia. The original
town site was located at Emu Hill, 5km out of the current town site, but was relocated after the building of a
The area was first surveyed by John Septimus Roe during his exploration of the state's mid-west in 1836. He
camped on a rocky outcrop where he had seen emus and named it Emu Hill.
During the 1850's small groups of European settlers moved into the area looking for pastoral land for wheat and
sheep. They were joined by sandalwood cutters who roamed the area looking for the fragrant wood that was sold to
China and the Orient. Charles Smith settled near Emu Hill on a 60,000acre (24,300ha) property and
named it Narembeen, which was the name the local Aboriginals called Emu Hill.
During the early 1900's the area was opened up to farmers and in 1918 the townsite at Emu Hill was gazetted, but
it never eventuated. By the 1920's Emu Hill was a large farming centre in need of a hotel but the local community
opposed the plans to build a pub/hotel. A Perth Lawyer, Henry Dale and a Perth publican (hotel owner), Paddy
Connolly seeing an opportunity, purchased 30 acres (12ha) of land at Narembeen and built a pub. By 1925, Narembeen
had a population of 2,100 and Emu Hill was no more. The townsite was officially declared in 1968. Narembeen is now
an established agricultural region producing a variety of cereal products and livestock.
Interesting Facts About Narembeen
The postcode for Narembeen is 6369.
Important Links to Narembeen
Shire of Narembeen