ARTHUR RIVER

 

GPS 33 20 37 S 117 02 16 E

 

 

 

 

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Williams

Darkan

Nearby Towns

Wagin

Boyup Brook

Kojonup

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

200 Km

Population

100

Average Rainfall

484mm

Mean Max Temp

C

Mean Min Temp

C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9885 1100

Fire and Rescue

08 9885 1116

Medical

08 9885 1006

Visitor Centre / Shire

 08 9736 2222

 

CARAVAN PARKS

See Williams

 

Darkan

08 9736 2222

 

HOTEL / MOTEL

See Williams

 

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

The small settlement of Arthur River is located on the Albany Highway north of Kojonup.

 

The town (if indeed it is big enough to justify the name) is really nothing more than a food and fuel stop on the way south. There is a public toilet and rest area behind the local hall.

HISTORY

 

Remnants of the early settlement including the police barracks and gaol date back to 1866 and the Mount Pleasant Inn to 1869. The shearing shed dates back to the 1850s when it was constructed as a community building enabling farmers to bring in their flocks for shearing.

 

Arthur River was named after Arthur Trimmer, a member of Stirling's exploration party that went through the area in 1835.

 

At about the half-way mark between Perth and Albany, Arthur River was once much more important that it is today.

 

Mail arrived by ship in Albany and was brought overland (sometimes by foot) to Perth. Eventually mail contractors were appointed and were expected to guarantee delivery in 72 hours by coach. The first post mistress (Mary Ann Spratt) took up her post in January 1866 but the post office was not gazetted until 1882.

 

When the railway went through Wagin (further east) in 1889, many people moved away. In 1905 the telegraph was connected and in 1913 the telephone line arrived but nothing could reduce the impact of the railway bypassing the town.

 

The old inn was built in 1869 by John Cronin. In 1907 it was expanded but was then demolished in 1934 and the stones were used to extend the Arthur River Hall. The kitchen area of the inn is still standing and it is one of the oldest buildings on the Albany Highway.

 

The local church was constructed between 1882-4 by F.E. Smith and A.G. Horley. who also built churches in Williams and Kojonup. The timber for the floor of the church came from sawmills at Dwellingup and examination will reveal the saw marks on the wood.

 

Arthur River

 

TALL TALES AND TRUE

 

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OTHER INFORMATION

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

Hillman Rock and Hillman Dam, Six Mile Cottage, Wildflower reserves, Lake Towerrinning.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Old Police Station (1866), Inn (1869), Shearing shed (1850s).

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Wagin

Federal : O'Connor

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6315

Local Government : Shire of West Arthur

 

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