In 1907 there was a murder on the Old Coast Road. Leah Fouracre, aged 44, was murdered at her home, the Peppermint Grove Farm.
Her father built the wayside inn at the farm around 1856. Its position, near the Waroona turn off on the Old Coast Rd, meant that it was a popular stop with sout to north travellers. It was also a stop for the Bunbury mail coach.
Leah made her living through farming rather than running the inn. It was unusual for a woman to manage her own farm, especially such an isolated one. Leah kept animals to keep her company. She liked to read. This self sufficient lady might well have lived a long and happy had it not be for the brutal murder which brought her life to an end.
(More Information about the crime is detailed by Alexandra Hasluck in Early Days Magazine 1967)