Novel reveals historical insights into Pingrup’s first postie 

Judith and Keith Devenish at Pingrup Races. 

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Insights into the life of Pingrup’s first postie has been revealed in a newly published novel by former Pingrup resident Keith Devenish.

Lance Reid – Pingrup’s First Mailman depicts the life story of Mr Reid as he became the first mailman in the region to deliver royal mail from Katanning to pioneer settlers at Nyabing and Pingrup over 100 years ago.

Delivering mail by horse and cart along bush tracks, Mr Reid was contracted in 1921 to deliver the post to residents.

“It was quite interesting,” Mr Devenish said about his time researching information for the book.

“We did have some information, but we didn’t have a lot of the prehistory.”

Mr Devenish started writing the novel during the Covid lockdown in February last year and discovered Lance Reid (who is also his wife’s grandfather) was the first mailman in Pingrup around the same time Pingrup township started to emerge.

“I also realised that’s when the little town of Pingrup started, so then I included all the first shops, so that was quite interesting to do a search to find out who actually started the first shops in town,” he said.

You can purchase a copy of Lance Reid- Pingrup’s First Mailman at the Pingrup Community Resource Centre or direct from Mr Devenish by emailing kdevenish@westnet.com.au.

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