Distance: 310 km Approx. Travel Time: 3.5 hours
This trail connects two towns. It begins as a story of two men who were shaped by remarkably similar circumstances.
George Throssell and Frederick Piesse were both sons of policemen and they were both eldest siblings that entered the workforce early to help support their families. Both are considered founding fathers for their towns and progressed from commercial success to long careers in public affairs.
George Throssell became Northam's most successful businessman after star ting a general store on Fitzgerald Street in 1862. Throssell held the seat of Northam in the Legislative Assembly for fourteen years He influenced the decision to route the Eastern Goldfields Railway through Northam , guaranteeing the town would grow into the principal centre for the region Frederick Piesse, with his brother Charles, after following the construct ion of the Great Southern Railway with a portable store, set up permanently just south of where the northern and southern construction crews met. The town that grew there became Katanning.
The Piesse brothers started the Premier Roller Flour Mill which furthered the economic growth of the district, as well as a winery and many other enterprises Piesse also served in the Legislative Assembly for nineteen years.
The young George Throssell learned about business in Walter Padbury's mercantile firm in Perth. The young Frederick Piesse? He learned his trade at George Throssell 's store in Northam .