The IASKA exhibition space was previously a drapers shop which local people say 'sold everything'
  • haberdashery
  • shoes
  • mens and womens clothing
  • undies

Some of the shops on Massingham street Kellerberrin are empty so on first impressions it seems nothing much goes on here but once here for a while you realise there's alot more going on .

'although Kellerberrin major thoroughfare Massingham street can on days be near - empty. This can be deceptive. It is not a true measure of the towns standing. There may not be as many people around anymore but beneath the surface there still flows a strong community spirit undiminished by the burden of agriculture's changing face and its affects on the district. Thus spirit is applied conscientiously to its commercial , social and welfare activities '

boomin the bush

late night shopping in Kellerberrrin in 1967 a recent innovation - was proving to be very popular and there were plenty of chops in which to spend that money burning a hole in your pocket. one report of the times boasted that in contrast to many country towns Kellerberrin has no empty shops to rent'

shops had changed . gone now was the friendly highly personalised service of the shopkeeper. Before that happened going to town was still a dress up event.. best dresses, hats ,, gloves stockings etc for the women and suits or sports jackets ties and hats for the men on arrival to town were were able to place our weekly order at eh co-op ' then it would be off to do some socialising returning later to pick up the orders already packed into boxes and set off back to the farm'

Kellerberrin farmers cooperative

'trading began there in 1917. In the intervening years farmers and townsfolk alike have shopped for all manner of things at what became known as the Co-op. The cooperative movements emerged at eh beginning of the twentieth century in Western Australia. Farmers at that time had come to the conclusion that by cooperatively buying and selling products they needed to run their farms, any profit made from such sales could be returned in the form of dividends rather than to merchants they would normally deal with'.

hairpins to hams to hardware

'Kellerberrins co-op actually got under way in the dying days of 1916. It was probably in the next year that it rented and set up shop in Mr Mc Cabes generally store in which you could buy anything from hairpins to hams to hardware . . Emblazoned across its facade was its new name The farmers co-operative co.Ltd. and other advertising made the bold claim that the co-op and its agencies were UNIVERSAL PROVIDERS'

a man his dog and a dead kangaroo . terry spence