Katanning is the next town encounted when heading south from Northam to Albany. Katanning is a very interesting town, and an overnight is recommended. Katanning is not your usual country town. There are clearly demographic interactions at work when you stroll the town precincts.
The meaning of Katanning is unknown but it is thought to be a local aboriginal word that is either 'Kart-annin' that literally means "meeting place of the heads of tribes", or 'Kartanup' that means "clear pool of sweet water". Others suggest that the place is named after a local aboriginal woman.
A roller flour mill, later known as the Premier Flour Mill, was constructed close to the centre of the town in 1891 by the Piesse brothers this in turn encouraged the local farmers to grow wheat which was at the heart of the town's early economic success. The mill is now one of two first class museums.
A statue of Frederick Piesse was erected in 1916 and stands beside the railway line in Austral Terrace.