Lake King

 

 

LAKE KING

 

HEMA Map reference 75/F9

 

GPS 33 05 25 S 119 41 12 E

 

 

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

462 Km

Population

332

Average Rainfall

342.3mm

Mean Max Temp

22.8C

Mean Min Temp

10.5C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9838 1004

Fire and Rescue

08 9865 1306

Medical

See Lake Grace

Visitor Centre

08 9865 2140

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Lake King

 

08 9874 4048

 

HOTEL / MOTEL

Hotel

 

08 9874 4048

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Although it is a bit difficult to find a great deal to recommend to the casual traveller in this small town, it does provide a nice rest area and clean modern toilet facilities. It is a good spot to stop and have a break on whatever long journey you might be on.

Lake King is a service centre for the surrounding agricultural land with wheat and sheep being the main produce.

HISTORY

 

Settlement in the area dates from 1928. Local residents requested that a town site be gazetted here in 1935 and after some initial resistance it was approved in 1936.

Like Lake Grace this town is named after a nearby lake which was also named by Marshall Fox, the District Surveyor. He named the lake after Henry Sandford King, another WA Surveyor General.

There are some records indicating that Lake King may have been called Lake Damnosa at one time.

 

TALL TALES AND TRUE

 

A quiet drink

Originally there was no hotel in the town, just a store with a gallon license outside which men used to congregate and drink. This led to some complaints but the local policeman, ever mindful of the fact that he had to live in the area, looked for a better way to solve the problem than just banning the drinkers from congregating outside the store.

He noticed that the local goods shed (one source says post office but it could well have been the same structure) rested on Commonwealth land. He, as a state police officer, had no jurisdiction over it. It was casually mentioned to the drinkers that they would be better off congregating inside the old post office and this they did with the site becoming known as 'the hole in the wall' (due to the large space in the wall where you would expect a door to be) and was used for quite some years thereafter.

There is a tale that a request was made for low 'parcel racks' to be installed and these racks became useful seats for the local drinkers.

 

MAP

 

 

VIDEO

 

(C) Donald Pugh YouTube channel.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

Lake King Causeway, Community church, Roe Hill Lookout.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Goods shed.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Wagin

Federal : O'Connor

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6356

Local Government : Shire of Lake Grace

 

PHOTOS

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