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Wokalup, Western Australia

Wokalup
Western Australia
Wokalup is located in Western Australia
Wokalup
Coordinates
Population 449 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 6221
Location
  • 146 km (91 mi) from Perth
  • 6 km (4 mi) from Harvey
LGA(s) Shire of Harvey
State electorate(s) Murray-Wellington
Federal Division(s) Forrest

Wokalup is a town located in the South West region of Western Australia along the South Western Highway, between Harvey and Brunswick Junction. At the 2006 census, Wokalup had a population of 449.[1]

Wokalup's name derives from an Aboriginal name meaning "the place of the carpet snake" (wokul). Such snakes were often found in farm sheds in the area prior to the commencement of irrigation but tiger snakes became more common subsequently.[2]

The location was originally granted in 1830, but the title lapsed as the owner made no improvements to the property. The Western Australian Company obtained it in the 1840s, and the first resident was Thomas Hayward who commenced farming at Bundidup south of Harvey in 1859. He married Catherine Logue, daughter of Joseph Logue who had settled north of Harvey, in 1861. At this time, there were no made roads or bridges through the town, but during the 1860s the Harvey and Brunswick bridges were constructed and convicts built the road from Pinjarra to Brunswick. Hayward provided for the needs of both the convicts and the horse teams. When the railway came through in the 1890s a railway siding with the name Wokalup was opened, and a small private town developed. This was gazetted a townsite in 1963 at the request of the Shire of Harvey.[3]

Present day

Wokalup is a small agricultural town with services offered from nearby Harvey. A former deer park is being reconstructed as a cheese making and tourist facility, taking advantage of its location in the Harvey-Brunswick dairy district. A tavern and basic accommodation facilities are nearby.

References

  1. ^ a b  
  2. ^ Shire of Harvey. "Local Towns - Wokalup". Retrieved 2006-10-05. 
  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – W". Retrieved 2007-01-17. 

External links

  • Harvey Cheese website
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