HEMA Map reference 74/F3
33° 05' S 115° 24' E
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.
The town was
named after the Harvey River (discovered by
Alexander Collie and
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!)
first permanent settlers were the Logue family who moved in to the area in
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".)