Wellstead

 

 

WELLSTEAD

 

GPS 34 29 41 S 118 36 00 E

 

 

 

 

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Jerramungup

Nearby Towns

Bremer Bay

Albany

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

476 Km

Population

157

Average Rainfall

478.5mm

Mean Max Temp

20.7C

Mean Min Temp

9.5C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9892 9300

Fire and Rescue

Unknown

Medical

Unknown

Visitor Centre

08 6820 3700

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Bush Camp

rcdavy@wn.com.au

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B and B

Unknown

 

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

A tiny town on the South Coast Highway north east of Albany.

There is a good campsite 18 kilometres away on the coast at Cape Riche but the road to get there can be VERY corrugated if it hasn't been graded for a while.

The shop at Wellstead is well stocked and there is even a Community Resource Centre in town. If you are in need of mechanical assistance the local mechanic operates a workshop just behind the town and can help with most problems. Travellers in need of mechanical help can even camp near the workshop and there is water and toilets available near the shop. The people here are very friendly and helpful.

 

HISTORY

 

Edward Eyre passed through the area on his journey from South Australia to Albany in 1841.

Settlement began in the 1960s and a townsite was gazetted in 1965 - the same year a telephone exchange was built.

John and Ann Wellstead were the first settlers in the area and the town was named in their honour.

Pvt. John Wellstead had originally arrived at Albany aboard the Runnymeade in 1840. He was a trooper in the 51st Regiment and was finally discharged in 1845.

The area first began to open up after the telegraph line to Bremer Bay went through and John Wellstead took up land where he brought his wife, 4 sons and 6 daughters.

He was still farming in 1881 and died in Albany in 1896. His sons continued to farm in the area after his death.

The region was considered poor for cropping until it was shown that trace elements added to the soil produced good results.

 

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ATTRACTIONS

 

Cape Riche, Pallinup River.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Unknown

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Albany

Federal : O'Connor

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6328

Local Government : City of Albany

 

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