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The St James Anglican Church (also known as the Padbury Memorial Church), was built to commemorate Walter Padbury, a prominent pastoralist, merchant and philanthropist who had a central role in the opening up and development of the Moora and Dandaragan districts.

Walter Padbury (1820 - 1907) arrived at Fremantle with his father, Thomas, aboard the Protector in February 1830. Over subsequent decades, Padbury gained experience in the pastoral industry and the merchandising business. In 1857, he bought Yatheroo in Dandaragan, 33 kilometres west of Moora. Yatheroo became a cattle station as well as a mixed farm with a mill, dairy, vineyard, pigs, fruit and vegetables. He subsequently pioneered the pastoral industry in the North West and by 1865 was trading with India, Singapore and London.

He formed W. Padbury & Co, General Storekeepers in Perth and Geraldton with William Thorley Loton. By the 1880s he had considerably increased his land holdings in York and Dandaragan, with Yatheroo becoming one of the finest properties in the State.


Address:Roberts Street, St James Anglican Church, Moora, 6510
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.641889
Long: 116.006371
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Designer:William Arthur Nelson (architect)
Monument Manufacturer:J. W. Clark (builder)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 4th March, 1911
Front Inscription

To the glory of God,

And in memory of Walter Padbury,

A well known pioneer who landed in this state in 1829.

This stone was laid by the Honourable W. T. Loton, J.P.

March 4th 1911.

Source: MA, ADB
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