Public Art: Spanish Settlers Reserve Monument
Description: The Spanish Settlement Reserve Monument was erected in honour of the Spanish families who emigrated to Western Australia and settled in Yoongarillup in the late 1890s to early 1900s. They came on the recommendation of Rutlan Casas, who had visited the Vasse a few years earlier. The monument consists of a plaque on a large rock.
Date Unveiled: Unknown
Location: The Spanish Settlers Reserve Monument is located along the Vasse Highway (5kms from Busselton) at Yoongarillup, Western Australia
The Spanish Settlers Reserve
This reserve is dedicated to the early Spanish settlers who arrived in Yoongarillup from 1898 to 1909.
Background: In the late 1890s several Spanish families travelled from Spain to the South West of Western Australia, to make a new life for themselves. Yoongarillup, a tiny land settlement a few kilometres outside of Busselton, soon became known as the Spanish Settlement. One of the first Spanish emigrants was Miguel Torrent. He purchased land at Yoongarillup, built a humpy and began clearing the land. Mr Torrent was a winemaker, learning his craft from his father who owned a vineyard in Spain. It wasn’t long before he began planting fruit trees and grapevines. After a few years of hard work, he was able to bring his family out from Spain.