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Wooroloo

WOOROLOO

(& WUNDOWIE)

 

HEMA Map reference 72/E3

 

31 48' 21" S 116 18' 45" E

31 45' 48" S 116 23' 32" E

 

 

Where is this?

 

 

 

 

Statistics

 

Km from Perth

70

Population

613

Rainfall

586mm

Max Temp

C

Min Temp

C

Autogas

 

Telecentre

Yes

 

Caravan Parks

 

None

 

Services

 

 

 

 

link to Mingor.net website

 

Post office

Rest area

Description

 

A timber mill was developed in the area shortly after World War I and a small village grew up around it. It wasn't until after the Second World War that the town really came into existence.

Wundowie developed from 1943 and a plant for the production of pig iron opened in 1948. The name Wundowing was first suggested and then Wundowi. In 1947 the town site was gazetted as Wundowie. The name comes from Woondowing Spring and the original meaning is not known. (One source says the name originally came from the Aboriginal word ngwundow, meaning place to lie down.)

The nearby town of Wooroloo was home to author Elizabeth Jolley. The area surrounding the town was used as a setting for much of her writing.

"So you've bought this place well let me tell you straight away your soil's no good all salt even a hundred and sixty feet down and up on the slopes is outcrops of granite and dead stumps of dead wood nothing'll grow there we know we've tried what the crows don't take the rabbits and bandicoots will have..."

'The Orchard' Elizabeth Jolley


Wooroloo Brook was discovered by Ensign Dale and Captain Irwin in 1830. A few years later it was found that this brook joined the Avon River to form the Swan River.

A nearby well site was called Wooriloo or Keaginine Well. The current name dates from the 1890s and it was officially adopted in 1903 (although another source says 1913). The same source states that a town site was surveyed in 1841 but was never developed and that the current site was surveyed in the early 1900s. The name Goodwich was suggested for the town but the local Aboriginal name (meaning deep gully) was taken up instead.

James Byfield was the first to take up land in the area and Byfield’s Mill became a stopping point on the rail line. In 1897 the station became known as Wooroloo.

A consumptive sanatorium opened in 1912 (another source says 1915). Many of the original patients were miners with ‘dusted lung’ (silicosis). Reports say the sanatorium was a cheerful enough place but sadly few patients ever recovered. There was no hope of a cure for T.B. until the late 1940s.

In 1960 the sanatorium was converted to a general hospital and in 1970 was converted again to a minimum security prison.
 

 

 

 

 

I'm lost please take me home...

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