Possum Trapper's Cave - WA

  Historic Site

Position

DEG: -34.809399 117.385834
DMS: 34º 48' 33.84" S 117º 23' 9" E
UTM: 50 H 6148026mN 535290mE
Altitude: 153.8m

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Unnamed Road
Mount Lindesay WA 6333
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The cave has historic significance as it references a period when a bounty was paid by governments in Western Australia for feral and other animals when they reached plague proportions. These animals included dingoes, wild dogs, possums and foxes. The local authority generally administered these bounty schemes. This encouraged men to invest in equipment and live in forest areas to make a living by killing this fauna. This cave was well placed for this purpose, being near the Mitchell River and commanding a good view of the surrounding countryside.
The cave also has research significance, as items of equipment used by possum hunters (both professional and amateur) were stored in the cave for later use. While there is no current evidence of this equipment, further archaeological research may well bring to light items used by the possum trappers.
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Closest Weather Station

Albany Airport at 27/08:00am WST
Distance from Possum Trapper's Cave 40.69km E
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts
14.3°C13.9°C99%14.1°C1019.5hPa0.6mmNW9km/hr
5knots
13km/hr
7knots

Closest Climatic Station

Mount Barker
Distance from Possum Trapper's Cave 30.7km NE
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C26.226.124.221.217.815.314.315.016.818.821.824.2
Mean Min. °C12.813.112.410.78.87.16.16.16.98.09.911.5
Mean Rain mm23.323.936.454.082.694.9103.489.079.268.643.029.5

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