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HARVEY

 

HEMA Map reference 74/F3

 

33 05' S 115 24' E

 

 

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Statistics

 

Km from Perth

140

Population

4000

Rainfall

977mm (108.6)

Max Temp

22.9C (43.6)

Min Temp

11.3C (-0.7)

Autogas

Available

Telecentre

Yes

 

Caravan Parks

 

Rainbow

 

08 9729 2239

Logue Brook

 

08 9733 5602

 

Services

 

Hospital

08 9782 2222

Police

08 9729 1001

Fire

000

SES

08 9729 2224

RAC

08 9729 1454

Visitor Centre

08 9729 2887

 

 

Attractions

 

Harvey Weir, Gibbs Pool, Stirling Dam, Fish ladder, Hoffman Mill, Stirlings Cottage, Museum,  Apex Park, Snells Park, Blackboy picnic site, Tea Tree Hollow, Logue Brook Dam,  Wildwater & Slalom Canoe Course, Emu Tech, Italian Internment War Shrine, Harvey River Precinct Gardens, The Big Orange, Harvey Historical Museum,  Rally Australia.

 

Buildings of note

 

Cook's Park farmhouse 1862, Internment camp shrine 1940, Runnymede 1867, Harvey Hotel 1898.

 

Calendar Of Events

 

January: Australia Day breakfast, Stirling Cottage concert, Harness racing. February: Harness racing. March: Harvest festival. April: Harvey Show, Rotary Club annual auction.  May: Rotary art prize. July: Sled dogs south west. August:  Harness racing. September: Spring fair. October: Bibbulmun walk. Harvey Show, Spring Fair. November: Rally Australia, Stirling Cottage concert, Harness racing, H20 family events. December: Carols by candle light, Harness racing. Monthly (4th Saturday): Markets.

 

Description

 

The town was named after the Harvey River (discovered by Alexander Collie  and William Preston in 1829) which in turn was named after Major Harvey a British army surveyor. (Another source suggests Rear Admiral Sir John Harvey R.N. Commander in Chief of the West Indies Station in 1818 who recommended James Stirling for a promotion.) The town was first known as Korijekup - place of the red-tailed black cockatoo. (No wonder they changed it!)

One of the first people to take up land in the area was Captain
James Stirling in 1849-50. He built a hunting lodge on his property and this is now featured in the Stirling Cottage and gardens heritage site. May Gibbs (creator of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie) lived there in 1885. (The cottage that exists today is a replica of the original.)

 

The first permanent settlers were the Logue family who moved in to the area in the 1850s.

The town was a private development which occurred after the opening of a railway station there in 1893. The initial request to gazette the town site was made in 1926 but this did not happen until 1938.

Harvey had the first irrigation system in W.A. after the Harvey Weir was constructed in 1916.
 

During World War Two and internment camp was established to hold Italian and German residents who were thought to be a security risk. A roadside shrine today commemorates less happy times. (There were three internment camps in Australia and the one at Harvey housed about 1000 men. An internee at the time was quoted as saying: "I can't say they treated me badly, but they took my business away and, worst of all, they took my freedom".)


The area is now the centre of an orange growing industry, and Harvey Fresh is a well known local orange drink. Dairy cattle are also a major local industry, and lately fruit and vegetable growing have added to the economic success of the area.

Other local Industries include - beef, mining, vineyards; export beef abattoir (Harvey Beef); silicon smelter; and a pigment plant.

There are two campsites which are managed by
CALM, and several camping sites which require payment, please contact CALM (08) 9729 1505 for further information.

 

 

 

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