Broomehill, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Broomehill is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 33°50′42″S 117°38′02″E / 33.84500°S 117.63389°E / -33.84500; 117.63389Coordinates: 33°50′42″S 117°38′02″E / 33.84500°S 117.63389°E / -33.84500; 117.63389
Population 377 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1890
Postcode(s) 6318
Elevation 332 m (1,089 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup
State electorate(s) Wagin
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Broomehill is a town on the Great Southern Highway between Katanning and Albany, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. Its local government area is the Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup.


The town of Broomehill owes its creation to the Great Southern Railway, which was completed in 1889. The railway runs from Beverley to Albany. Broomehill is named after Sir Frederick Napier Broome (1842–96) who was then the Governor of Western Australia.

The townsite was gazetted by the Western Australian Land Company in 1890, which was recognised by the state government in 1897.[2] A group of settlers from the now extinct town of Eticup moved to the present site of Broomehill to help establish a township after the construction of the railway was completed. These settlers included the Withams, the Walshes, and the Curnows. These three families worked hard to establish the early structures. In 1892, a police station and post office were also established.

The population of the town was 72 (37 males and 35 females) in 1898.[3] The official spelling of Broomehill was changed from two words to one in 1959.[4]


The main industry in town is wheat farming with the town being a Cooperative Bulk Handling receival site.[5] There is also some sheep farming, while more recently farmers have diversified into viticulture and aquaculture (in the form of barramundi farming).[6][7]


The Holland Track, a well known walking track, begins in Broomehill and ends in Coolgardie.[8]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Broomehill (State Suburb)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 20 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Albany Gateway - Telling Tales about Broomehill". 2003. Archived from the original on 21 July 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "Population of Western Australia". Western Mail. Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 22 April 1898. p. 23. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – B". Retrieved 27 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "CBH Receival Sites - Contact Details" (PDF). 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sydney Morning Herald - Travel - Broomehill". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 27 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup - - Tourist Sites". 2005. Retrieved 27 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup - Holland Track". 2005. Retrieved 27 September 2008. 

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