The History of Jarrah
Perhaps no other resource is more iconic and representative of Perth and Western Australia than the unique and beautiful timber of Jarrah.
Ranging in colour from Salmon pink to ebony with a golden accent, this timber is revered for its engineering characteristics and durability and by craftsmen for its aesthetic qualities and workable grain.
Since 1827 Western Australia Jarrah has been used in construction of Perth’s grand buildings, its bridges, dock piles, piers and jetties, and up to the early 1980s used extensively in the roof construction and floorboards of most West Australian homes.
Since the earliest days of settlement, enormous volumes of Jarrah have been exported, where the streets of London, Berlin, Paris and other great European cities used Jarrah cobbles to pave the streets. Railway sleepers were shipped to Africa and Asia in the millions, where the timber was highly resistant to local termites and borers.
Known by its Aboriginal name “Jarrah” the only place in the world these trees grow is in the very South West of Australia where trees can reach the height of 50 metres, and a diameter of up to 1.7 metres.