Margaret River Stories

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The publication of "Margaret River Stories" brought to fruition a lengthy but enjoyable exercise conducted mainly by our member Guy Jennings, who tirelessly interviewed local people and families to produce many of the the fascinating stories included in the book. Together with these family histories are newspaper extracts, personal stories, and many, many intriguing old photographs.

The book also includes, as long promised, the definitive account of why the Margaret River was so named, plus the quirky little account of how the town's name was changed - and changed back!

Curtin University's Professor Graham Seal, Professor of Folklore within the Australian Studies Program at Curtin, summarised the book thus:

This book brings together the history and traditions of Margaret River and its people. From the original Wardandi, inhabitants of the region through to the present, Margaret River Stories provides snapshots of the pioneers, timber cutters, the Group Settlers, surfers, winemakers and tourists who are all part of a unique story. Illustrated with a wealth of fascinating photographs often drawn from the families of the community, this book is nothing less than a treasure and a tribute to the work of dedicated and talented historians and writers. A joy to look at and to read, it is a model of what a local history should be.

Copies of the book can be purchased through local booksellers or directly from the Society through this website. To purchase, please transfer the appropriate amount to our bank account, details of which are: Bankwest Margaret River, BSB 306 021, Account Number 0541686, Margaret River & Districts Historical Society Inc., using your surname as reference. Then email the receipt for funds to with delivery details.

Alternatively, a cheque may be sent to MRDHS, PO Box 1575, Margaret River, WA 6285 with delivery details.


Book: $59.95

Postage and packing within Australia: $15

Postage and packing overseas - please email