Toodyay valley

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Toodyay valley is an older term for the section of the Avon River valley in Western Australia, where the town of Toodyay, and its original site ("Old Toodyay", now West Toodyay) are located.

The "Toodyay valley" name has been used to refer to the full stretch of the valley as a potential agricultural zone, [1] [2] [3] for co-operative ventures. [4]

The term was in use earlier in agricultural co-operative ventures [5] as well as anecdotal histories of local inhabitants. [6]

By the late 1920s and 1930s there was also usage of "Avon Valley" as much as "Toodyay valley" for the areas surrounding Toodyay. [7] [8]

The term used in the late twentieth century was "Avon Valley" to include the towns of York, Northam and Toodyay. [9]


Originally "Old Toodyay" or "West Toodyay" was the western end of the valley, with the eastern limits of Newcastle (as Toodyay was originally known) marking the eastern end of the valley.

The river and Eastern Railway enter the valley from the east, and move through to the west towards the Avon Valley National Park.

Current limits can also be defined by the road junctions, such as the southern side of the valley with the Toodyay Road going west towards Perth, and the Northam-Toodyay Road following the river eastward.


  1. "ALONG THE TOODYAY VALLEY". Western Mail . XII (613). Western Australia. 24 September 1897. p. 14. Retrieved 26 June 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  2. "THE TOODYAY VALLEY". Western Mail . XIII (635). Western Australia. 25 February 1898. p. 6. Retrieved 26 June 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  3. "The Toodyay Valley". Toodyay Herald (1052). Western Australia. 18 November 1922. p. 10. Retrieved 26 June 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  4. "Toodyay Valley Co-op. Company". Toodyay Herald (1049). Western Australia. 28 October 1922. p. 5. Retrieved 26 June 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  5. "Toodyay Valley Farmers' Club". The Northam Advertiser . IV (427). Western Australia. 9 August 1899. p. 3. Retrieved 26 June 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  6. Young, Janice M (1981), Abraham James : from the Rhondda Valley to the Toodyay Valley, J. Young, retrieved 26 June 2017
  7. "TOODYAY". The West Australian . XLV (8, 504). Western Australia. 21 September 1929. p. 6. Retrieved 26 June 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  8. "THE HAPPY VALLEY". The West Australian . XLV11 (9, 092). Western Australia. 15 August 1931. p. 3. Retrieved 26 June 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  9. Western Australia. Dept. of Agriculture; Avon Valley Development Committee (1960), Agriculture in the Avon Valley - 1958 : [A report of a survey of farm practices and problems in the road Board districts of Toodyay, Northam, York and Beverley], Alex B. Davies, Govt. Print, retrieved 26 June 2017

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