"The Spring is definitely my favourite place in Kojonup - means a lot to me and my people."
- Jack Cox, Kojonup.
In 1837, Surveyor Alfred Hillman had been sent North by Governor Stirling to blaze a trail from King George Sound (Albany) to the Swan River Settlement.
When he and his garrison of soldiers arrived in Kojonup, they were guided to the freshwater spring by the Noongar people that inhabited the land.
Hillman recommended that the land around the Spring was the best place for a townsite. In May 1840, land was opened for selection and the government held a public sale of land.
For many years, the Spring would have been a source of water for a range of travellers, including military personnel, surveyors, the mailman, merchants en route to Albany, shepherds, sandalwood cutters, Aborigines and settlers.
Today, it is recognised that the area known as The Kojonup Spring has special spiritual and cultural significance to both Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people of the district of Kojonup.
In 1999, a special agreement was made, which read:
"It is acknowledged that the Aboriginal people shared the water of the "Spring" with the first white settlers and it is the wish of the present local Aboriginal people of today to continue sharing the area."
The tranquil Spring still has its place at the centre of Kojonup, and is now a popular picnic and barbecue area.
Source: Kojonup Visitors Centre