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Bolgart, Western Australia

Coordinates: 31°16′26″S 116°30′40″E / 31.274°S 116.511°E / -31.274; 116.511
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Western Australia
Bolgart Hotel, 2014
Bolgart is located in Western Australia
Coordinates31°16′26″S 116°30′40″E / 31.274°S 116.511°E / -31.274; 116.511
Population128 (SAL 2021)[1]
Elevation241 m (791 ft)
Area261 km2 (101 sq mi)
LGA(s)Shire of Victoria Plains
State electorate(s)Moore
Federal division(s)Durack

Bolgart is a townsite north of Toodyay in Western Australia. It is in the Shire of Victoria Plains.

The town derives its name from a nearby spring. The spring was discovered and the name recorded by explorer George Fletcher Moore in 1836. The area was settled in the 1840s and one of the first settlers, J Scully, named his property Bolgart. The townsite was gazetted in 1909.[2]

The name of the town is Aboriginal in origin and means place of water.

The town was struck by a magnitude 5.2 earthquake on 11 March 1952 followed by several aftershocks. The earthquake was felt as far away as Perth, where taller buildings were rocked.[3]

The reserves Drummond Nature Reserve and Bewmalling Nature Reserve are west and south west of this locality. The main industry in town is wheat farming with the town being a Cooperative Bulk Handling receival site.[4]

A railway line runs through Bolgart, which was the terminus of the Newcastle–Bolgart Railway before it was extended to Miling and became the Clackline–Miling railway.

The town also has a small agricultural museum housing a restored early twentieth century Marshall oil-fired tractor.



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Bolgart (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "History of country town names – B". Western Australian Land Information Authority. Archived from the original on 14 March 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  3. ^ Kevin McCue (March 2014). "Historical Earthquakes in Western Australia" (PDF). Australian Seismological Centre, Canberra ACT. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  4. ^ "CBH Receival Sites - Contact Details" (PDF). 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2013.

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