Andrew Dunn was born in 1848 originally came from County Wicklow Ireland. He married Mary Anne Hatton in 1883.

They went to Balladonia in 1884 and in 1886 Andrew Dunn became the manager of ‘Lynburn’ station at Thomas River, which was owned by Campbell Taylor. During this time he also selected some land, in the Boyatup area 25 miles (40.23km) east of Esperance. The Dunn family went live on this land. His land holding at that time was 500 acres of conditional purchase (202.34ha) and 20,000 acres (809.7ha) of pastoral land.

The Dunn family were able to grow a wide variety of produce vines, fruit trees, onions and potatoes.

Andrew Dunn built the family’s four roomed homestead from iron and word. The timber used to build the homestead was brought from Albany into Rossiter Bay by Captain Fred Douglas in the Agnes. The timber was unloaded at Rossiter then loaded onto a wagon and carted by horse to the homestead site. The flooring in the home consisted of planks of driftwoods gathered from the beach.

The Dunn family grazed stock and hunted and fished in the area until the 1940’s. Andrew and his wife Ann raised a family of fifteen. Three sons served in W.W.1 one of their sons Jim was killed during the Great War. Their children were Tommy, Gracie, Bill, Katie, Jim, Mary, Frank, Ernie, Harry, Charlie, Rosie and Sid.



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