Watheroo, Western Australia

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Watheroo
Western Australia

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Watheroo
Coordinates 30°17′52.4702″S116°03′31.4046″E / 30.297908389°S 116.058723500°E / -30.297908389; 116.058723500 Coordinates: 30°17′52.4702″S116°03′31.4046″E / 30.297908389°S 116.058723500°E / -30.297908389; 116.058723500
Population 181 (2016 census) [1]
Established 1907
Postcode(s) 6513
Elevation 263 m (863 ft)
Location
  • 214 km (133 mi) north of Perth
  • 38 km (24 mi) north of Moora
  • 98 km (61 mi) east of Jurien Bay
LGA(s) Shire of Moora
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack

Watheroo is a small town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. In 2016 it had 181 residents according to the 2016 census census.

Wheatbelt (Western Australia) region in Western Australia

The Wheatbelt is one of nine regions of Western Australia defined as administrative areas for the state's regional development, and a vernacular term for the area converted to agriculture during colonisation. It partially surrounds the Perth metropolitan area, extending north from Perth to the Mid West region, and east to the Goldfields-Esperance region. It is bordered to the south by the South West and Great Southern regions, and to the west by the Indian Ocean, the Perth metropolitan area, and the Peel region. Altogether, it has an area of 154,862 square kilometres (59,793 sq mi).

Western Australia State in Australia

Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, and the Southern Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east, and South Australia to the south-east. Western Australia is Australia's largest state, with a total land area of 2,529,875 square kilometres, and the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia's Sakha Republic. The state has about 2.6 million inhabitants – around 11 percent of the national total – of whom the vast majority live in the south-west corner, 79 per cent of the population living in the Perth area, leaving the remainder of the state sparsely populated.

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History

Land in the area was settled by James Oliver in 1851, the area was surveyed in 1871 and the name Watheroo was charted for the first time. Watheroo is a thriving farming Wheatbelt town, farming livestock and grain. The town was an original station on the Midland Railway Company railway line to Walkaway. The townsite was gazetted in 1907. [2]

Midland Railway of Western Australia

The Midland Railway of Western Australia (MRWA) was a railway company that built and operated the Midland line in Western Australia. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange. Although having its headquarters in London, it had no association with the English Midland Railway.

Railway

Following flooding along the Moore River in 1907, the railway lines between Watheroo and Moora were closed for some time when parts of the track were washed away. [3] Rail services were again affected in 1917 when 1.7 inches (43 mm) of rain fell in three hours causing more flooding, washways and the railyard in town to be submerged. [4]

Moore River river in Western Australia

Moore River is a river in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

Moora, Western Australia Town in Western Australia

Moora is a townsite located 177 km north of Perth in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. Moora was one of the original stations on the Midland railway line to Walkaway, and the townsite was gazetted in 1895. At the 2006 census, Moora had a population of 1,822.

Etymology

The name is Indigenous Australian in origin and was the name of a nearby spring. The word Watheroo is derived from the word wardo which means little bird or more specifically the willy wagtail or from the word wardoro which means water. [5]

Climate

Climate data for Watheroo (1918-1959)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F) 33.9
(93)
33.8
(92.8)
31.0
(87.8)
26.5
(79.7)
21.3
(70.3)
18.1
(64.6)
17.2
(63)
18.3
(64.9)
21.1
(70)
23.7
(74.7)
28.1
(82.6)
31.5
(88.7)
25.4
(77.7)
Average low °C (°F) 15.9
(60.6)
16.3
(61.3)
14.8
(58.6)
11.4
(52.5)
8.0
(46.4)
6.2
(43.2)
5.0
(41)
5.4
(41.7)
6.5
(43.7)
8.0
(46.4)
11.2
(52.2)
13.8
(56.8)
10.2
(50.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 9.4
(0.37)
16.9
(0.665)
22.1
(0.87)
23.4
(0.921)
58.8
(2.315)
84.6
(3.331)
78.4
(3.087)
54.6
(2.15)
30.1
(1.185)
20.8
(0.819)
9.4
(0.37)
9.3
(0.366)
417.2
(16.425)
Source: [6]

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References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Watheroo (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 October 2008.
  2. Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – W" . Retrieved 17 October 2008.
  3. "A town under water". The Advertiser . Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 3 August 1907. p. 10. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  4. "The Midland Line". The West Australian . Perth: National Library of Australia. 6 August 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  5. "Shire of Moora – Watheroo". 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 17 October 2008.
  6. "Climate statistics for Watheroo". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 13 July 2014.

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