Wubin

 

 

WUBIN

 

GPS 30 06 09 S 116 37 56 E

 

 

 

 

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Dalwallinu

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

272 Km

Population

237

Average Rainfall

313mm

Mean Max Temp

26.3C

Mean Min Temp

11.8C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9661 0444

Fire and Rescue

08 9661 1001

Medical

08 9661 0200

Visitor Centre

08 9661 1001

 

CARAVAN PARKS

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HOTEL / MOTEL / B AND B

Hotel

08 9664 1040

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

Wubin is a small town on the inland route from Perth to Port Hedland.

The Heritage Wheat bin Museum displays the history of wheat in the area.

Wubin and Buntine Rocks provide spectacular views and are perfect picnic sites.

There are a couple of websites stating that the old school site in town is now available as a stop-over for caravans and motorhomes but we have been in touch with the local shire and they say this isn't the case.

The primary industries in the area are sheep and wheat farming.

Tourists visit the area most often in spring when the wildflowers are in bloom BUT before making the long trek to see, it is wise to check if the winter rains have been good enough. We have been out to Buntine Rocks in different years and on one occasion found beautiful wildflowers and on the other occasion found absolutely nothing.

For more information about Wubin please see this website.

 

HISTORY

 

Initially the name 'Woobin' was given to a railway siding in 1913 but an error in printing resulted in the spelling that is in use today. It originally came from the name of a nearby spring but the meaning is not known.

The townsite was gazetted in 1913 and the first land sales occurred the following year. The railway began operating in 1915.

The town school operated until 2007 but closed due to a lack of students.

Wubin celebrated its centenary in 2008 with the re-opening of the refurbished CWA rooms. The Centenary pathway was also opened along with the J E Ellison Machinery Display Shed.

 

TALL TALES AND TRUE

 

Murder

The following is from the Adelaide Advertiser dated 8th August 1928.\

THE WUBIN MURDER - TRIAL OF CLIFFORD HULME.

In passing the death sentence on Clifford Hulme, a migrant from Leeds, for the murder of his employer, a farmer of Wubin, Western Australia, the judge said the only question was whether he was sane or insane at the time he committed the dreadful crime, and the jury had decided that he was sane.

Perth, August 7.

In the supreme Court to-day, Flora Margaret Smith again related the incidents of the night of horror at the small farm in West Wubin on June 22, when, she said, her husband's murderer confessed to his deed, cut the clothes off her, and assaulted her while she was tied to the bed, and attacked her three daughters, aged 8, 6, and one year respectively.

Clifford Hulme (29), a migrant from Leeds, who was an employee on the farm, was charged with the murder of her husband, Harold Eaton Smith. He pleaded not guilty.

The Crown Prosecutor (Mr. Woolf) said there would be no dispute on two facts that Smith was murdered, and that the accused was the killer. All that the jury would have to consider was the mental condition of the accused at the time of the crime. Hulme had been in Australia for a number of years. He was treated by Smith as one of the family, having meals with them and sleeping in a nearby camp.

Cross-examined by Mr. O'Dea. who appeared for the accused, Mrs. Smith said when Hulme first told her that the tractor had rolled on her husband she believed him, and when he stopped her going to the tractor she thought that he was acting for the best. Her husband and she had every confidence in Hulme. Her husband had frequently been absent for a day and left Hulme at the farm. Hulme never made an improper suggestion to her. It was long after nightfall when Hulme assaulted her.

Parrett, the deceased's brother-in-law, said he found the body, which had the arms upraised, with the palms outward, as if in horror. The witness had known Hulme for five years at Wubin and thought him quite an honest, every-day fellow. He previously had every confidence in Hulme, who he believed, was very fond of Smith's children. He did not know that he was always making them toys and drawing things for them.

Constable Bowbottom, cross-examined, said when Hulme confessed the murder to him he seemed quite normal, and was smoking a cigarette, offering one to the witness. Hulme was always quiet and reserved, and did not seem to mix much with company. He had never had occasion officially to notice Hulme, and he had never known him to drink.

Dr. Anderson said he examined Hulme at Dalwallinu. He seemed normal. The witness had been in charge of the mental ward at the Perth public hospital. He went to see Hulme under the impression that he must be insane, knowing what he had done.

The Accused's Story.

The accused gave evidence on oath that he had always been well treated by the Smiths, and he never had any quarrel with them. About 4 o'clock on the afternoon of the tragedy a light flashed before his eyes. He dropped his axe, grabbed a gun, pointed it at Smith, and pulled the trigger. He could not say why he had done this. The next thing he remembered was sitting by roadside drinking water out of a rut on the road and washing his face. It was then dark, and he was 16 miles from Smith's farm. He sat there thinking things out, and a voice kept saying in his ears, "You have shot Smithy." He thought it best to give himself up. He had had funny turns before, and wandered in the bush. A relative of his mother's was said to have died in a lunatic asylum. He tried to commit suicide in Egypt.

Cross-examined, the accused said the lights before his eyes were red and yellow, and flashed for two seconds. He shot Smith immediately after the lights appeared. He had not heard any voices, but had a buzzing sound in the head.

He was a private in the infantry during the war. When he was on guard in Egypt, he attempted to kill himself, but told the sergeant of the guard that he had shot at a prowler. A court of enquiry was held, but nothing was done to him. He was passed as normal before he was granted a passage to this State as an assisted migrant.

Medical Evidence for the Defence.

Dr. Bentley, Inspector-General of Insane, said he examined the accused on three occasions, and was of opinion that Hulme was insane at the time of the tragedy. There were periods when he was not responsible for his actions, although he was sane when the witness examined him. The absence of motive for the crime, combined with the extraordinary violence to the woman and children, led him to that opinion. Loss of memory had followed blackwater fever cases. In his opinion a man did not commit murder for no reason whatever. Hulme told him that Smith and Mrs. Smith were always most kind to him. The witness did not depend on what Hulme said himself, so much as he did on the whole circumstances of the crime. He was not prepared to say from what class of insanity Hulme was suffering. A statement might be made while a patient was in a dream which might not be afterwards remembered.

Dr. Kerr, the prison doctor at the Fremantle Gaol, said he saw the accused immediately after his admission to the gaol. He spoke to him then, and questioned him in regard to the voices. At that time Hulme had no delusions. The witness did not think anyone could affirm definitely the state of the accused's mind when he committed the crime.

Cross-examined, the witness said he would not say the insanity was feigned, but the loss of memory was. The accused was in the sixth standard when he left school at the age of 14. He thought that the accused was normal enough in his present serious position to feign insanity.

It was a characteristic of madness that a lunatic often attacked those nearest and dearest to him. Lay opinion would say that anyone who would commit a crime such as was alleged against the accused was mad. The witness thought that Hulme was perfectly normal now.

Dr. Anderson, recalled, said Hulme did not complain about noises and buzzing sounds in his head, or flashes before his eyes.

A Terrible Crime.

The Chief Justice (Sir Robert McMillan), in opening his summing-up, said: I have listened in this court to many terrible stories of crime, but never to one which equals this in horrible details of terrible killing, brutal assault, and unspeakable cruelty to little children, one a babe.

Yet all these things were actually done by the accused man. This court is only concerned with one thing, the question of the accused's sanity at the time. It is not for the Crown to prove that the accused was of insane mind at the time the crime was committed.

After an hour's retirement the jury returned a verdict of guilty of wilful murder. When asked if he had anything to say. Hulme shook his head with hardly a perceptible motion.

The Chief Justice, in sentencing him to be hanged said -The only question was whether you were sane or insane at the time of the murder. The jury have found that you were sane, and all that remains for me is to sentence you to death. The fictional book "Secrets Mothers Keep" by Lina J Bettenay, was later written and was inspired by the murder.

 

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ATTRACTIONS

 

Wubin Rocks, Buntine Rocks, Wheatbin museum (July-September).

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Moore

Federal : Durack

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6612

Local Government : Shire of Dalwalinu

 

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