Deanmill, Western Australia One Place Study

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Deanmill, Western Australia

Deanmill is an old timber town a few kilometers west of Manjimup in the south west region of Western Australia. It was established in 1914.



Coordinates: -34.260000,116.070000
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Postcode: 6258
Location: 5 kms from Manjimup
LGA: Shire of Manjimup
State Electorate: Blackwood-Stirling
Federal Division: O'Connor

The town is one of the few surviving old timber mill towns. Deanmill was heavily involved in the production of timber railway sleepers for the Trans-Australia Railway.

Karri Logs on Train, Deanmill


Deanmill was named after Alfred Dean, the first long term manager of the mill (and superintendent of mills), but was known as "Timber Mill Number 1" because it was one of three state government owned timber mills. As more people began working in the mill a township formed surrounding it.


...It was reported that the recommendation of the committee that No. 1 State Sawmill, near Manjimup, should be named Deanmill, had been adopted by the Lands Department. The name was given in honour of Mr. Alfred Dean, who was the first manager of the mill and who served the sawmills at that and in connection with other mills from 1914 to 1931, when he retired. He is now residing at Cottesloe.
Log Splitting at Deanmill 1920's.


Deanmill's population was 405 in 2006. [2]


The current purpose of this page is to add the complete list to and then add profiles for each of the people in the list.

List completed by Kylie Haese on 16 May 2021.


  1. PLACE NAMES. (1936, December 2). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), p. 22. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Deanmill (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23-04-2019.
1940s State Saw Mills G Class Locomotive No2 named 'The Hewer' hauling a timber train in the Manjimup and Pemberton areas, Western Australia. G Class SSM 2 was purchased from Beyer Peacock in 1911 and by the South West Timber Hewer's Co-Operative Society and entered service in Collie at the Lucknow Mill and later at the Holyoake Mill before being taken over by the State Saw Mills where it was transfered to Dean Mill. SSM 2 worked between Dean Mill and the Pemberton State Saw Mills and ended its service at Dean Mill in February 1967.

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