Watheroo, Western Australia

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Watheroo
Western Australia
Watheroo Hall, Watheroo, 2013.JPG
Watheroo Hall, 2013.
Watheroo is located in Western Australia
Watheroo
Watheroo
Coordinates 30°18′00″S 116°04′00″E / 30.30000°S 116.06667°E / -30.30000; 116.06667Coordinates: 30°18′00″S 116°04′00″E / 30.30000°S 116.06667°E / -30.30000; 116.06667
Population 275 (2006 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.

History[edit]

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]

Railway[edit]

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]

Etymology[edit]

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[edit]

Climate data for Watheroo (1918-1959)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
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)
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]

References[edit]

  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". Retrieved 17 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "A town under water". The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia: National Library of Australia). 3 August 1907. p. 10. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Midland Line". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: 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. 

External links[edit]

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