Hamel, Western Australia

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Hamel
Western Australia
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Hamel
Coordinates 32°52′S115°56′E / 32.87°S 115.93°E / -32.87; 115.93 Coordinates: 32°52′S115°56′E / 32.87°S 115.93°E / -32.87; 115.93
Population 223 (2011 census) [1]
Established 1890s
Postcode(s) 6215
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Waroona
State electorate(s) Murray-Wellington
Federal Division(s) Canning

Hamel is a town located in the Peel region of Western Australia just off the South Western Highway, between Waroona (4 km to the north) and Harvey. At the 2011 census, Hamel had a population of 223. [1]

Peel (Western Australia) region of Western Australia

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Western Australia state in Australia

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South Western Highway highway in Western Australia

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History

The town owes its name to solicitor and politician Lancel Victor de Hamel (1849–1894), the former owner of the land where the town is situated. Over the period 1890-1894, de Hamel was the MLA for Albany and Western Australia's first Opposition Leader (facing John Forrest, Bunbury MLA and later member of Federal Parliament), who also had a hand in the creation of Albany's local newspaper in 1888, the Albany Advertiser , which exists to this day. He died while visiting Coolgardie on 26 November 1894.

A solicitor is a legal practitioner who traditionally deals with most of the legal matters in some jurisdictions. A person must have legally-defined qualifications, which vary from one jurisdiction to another, to be described as a solicitor and enabled to practise there as such. For example, in England and Wales a solicitor is admitted to practise under the provisions of the Solicitors Act 1974. With some exceptions, practising solicitors must possess a practising certificate. There are many more solicitors than barristers in England; they undertake the general aspects of giving legal advice and conducting legal proceedings.

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The land for the townsite was purchased from de Hamel's estate in 1898 and subdivided by the Department of Lands and Surveys. [2]

The ink used for printing the local newspaper was a mix of different inks. This special ink was named after the town Hamel: Hamelink.

Present day

Hamel is a small agricultural town with services offered from nearby Waroona. Hamel's hall was constructed in the 1890s as a prison; its last convicts served here in 1907, and three locally crafted heritage bush poles nearby depict life in the town.

A 5 kilometres (3 mi) buffer zone around the Alcoa Wagerup alumina refinery has been proposed by the Health Department following the approval of a A$1.5 billion expansion to the refinery in September 2006. This may result in the closure of the town and compensation and relocation of its residents. Alcoa has already offered to buy several local properties. [3]

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References

  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Hamel (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 31 October 2012. Blue pencil.svg
  2. Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – H" . Retrieved 2007-04-17. - note Lancel misspelt.
  3. Taylor, Robert (15 September 2006). "Housing plan tied to $1.5b Alcoa expansion". The West Australian.

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