Wandering

 

 

WANDERING

 

GPS 32 41 S 116 41 E

 

 

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

120 Km

Population

438

Average Rainfall

527.7mm

Mean Max Temp

23.7C

Mean Min Temp

8.5C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9887 1008

Fire and Rescue

08 9887 1477

Medical

08 9887 2222

Visitor Centre

08 9884 1561

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Wandering

08 9884 1056

 

HOTEL / MOTEL

Milfarm BandB

08 9884 1041

Wandering Brook Estate

08 9884 1064

Gelfro Farmstay

08 9884 5245

Dwarda Downs

08 9885 6063

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

Wandering is located off the main roads (27km east of the Albany Highway) and retains a quiet laid-back atmosphere.

For such a small town there are quite a number of places to dine nearby. These include Wandering Tavern, Wandering Brook Estate, Tanglefoot Winery and Cafe and the North Bannister (Halfway House) Roadhouse.

The main sources of income in the area are from cereal crops, pulse crops, oil seed, sheep, cattle, pigs and vineyards.

HISTORY

 

Located 120 kilometres south of Perth the area was first settled in 1866 by George and John Watts. A townsite was gazetted in 1911 and the name originates from Wandering Brook. Despite the fact that 'wandering' appears to be an English word, it is thought that it comes (in this case) from the Aboriginal word 'wandooin' a type of white gum tree that grows in the area. (Another source quotes the meaning as 'place of resting after walkabout.')

The first settler in the area George Stedman Watts is credited with coining the name of the town after meeting and talking with a group of local Aborigines who were resting under wandoo trees.

In 1874 the Wandering Road Board was established.

Wandering was far enough away from Perth to present problems for the early settlers when it came to getting supplies. The basic needs were flour, tea and sugar. Tea and sugar would always need to be carted in but flour could be obtained by growing your own wheat. By 1878 a flour mill was built and the supply of flour could be ground locally. The mill operated until 1913.

In 1944 the Society of the Catholic Apostolates (Pallotines) established the St Francis Xavier Mission for Aboriginal girls. In 1951 boys were also included and the mission housed children from the ages of 4-15.

The mission was closed in 1979 and like almost all of these 'dormitory' institutions it was responsible for child abuse. Three men, 2 teachers and a priest were later charged with a series of offences against girls aged between 8 and 15.

 

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ATTRACTIONS

 

Wandering Brook Winery, Hotham Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Dryandra Forest, Pumphreys Bridge

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Road Board building, Church.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Wagin

Federal : O'Connor

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6308

Local Government : Shire of Wandering

 

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