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Have you ever wondered about the story of the land you live on?

Florence, Mandogalup artist impression of green spaces

Explore the story

The Mandogalup story began when a Soldier's Settlement of ex-servicemen, workers and British migrants was established in the early 1920's.


In the early 1920’s Mandogalup was a stopping place for the light rail network between Jandakot and Wellard, referred to as Seven Mile. Seven Mile was commonly used by local dairy farmers as a depot for transporting fresh milk and cream.

Florence, Mandoaglup history with wheel barrow

Early Settlers

In 1921, Group Settlers moved to the area and built their homes made up of small weatherboard cottages. In 1923 the area was declared a townsite and named Lake Balmanup. In 1946, the name was officially changed to the Aboriginal name of Mandogalup, as it was more commonly referred to.

Florence, Mandogalup wooden slats

Mandogalup Townsite

The early Mandogalup townsite consisted of a Post Office, a butcher’s shop and a boarding house. Mandogalup School was built in 1922 on the corner of Anketell Road and De Haer Road, followed by the Mandogalup Hall constructed in 1923. The school was operational until 1943. Today, only a few residencies and the ruins of the Mandogalup Post Office remain of the early townsite located at the intersections of Mandogalup Road and Anketell Road.

Florence, Mandogalup old school chairs