Coorow, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Main Street, Coorow, 2013.jpg
Main Street, Coorow, 2013.
Coorow is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 29°53′S 116°01′E / 29.88°S 116.02°E / -29.88; 116.02Coordinates: 29°53′S 116°01′E / 29.88°S 116.02°E / -29.88; 116.02
Population 161 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1893
Postcode(s) 6515
Elevation 272 m (892 ft)
  • 266 km (165 mi) North of Perth
  • 25 km (16 mi) South East of Carnamah
  • 84 km (52 mi) North of Moora
LGA(s) Shire of Coorow
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack

Coorow is a town in the Mid West region of Western Australia, 264 kilometres (164 mi) north of Perth.


The townsite of Coorow was gazetted in 1893. Its name is derived from the Aboriginal name of a nearby spring, first recorded in 1872. The meaning of the name may be from the word "Curro", which is the Aboriginal word for a variety of Portulaca, or another source gives it as "many mists".[2]

The town experienced some flooding in 1918 following a deluge of 2.53 inches (64 mm) of rain overnight. The Moore River broke its banks and caused much more severe flooding downstream at Moora.[3]

The Coorow Hotel, 2013.

After rapid growth through the early 1920s local settlers began to seek obtaining a hotel licence for the town in 1927.[4] The licence was granted in 1929 to Alexander Gloster who put forward a tender of £1,750, and submitted his plans for approval.[5]

The hotel was erected at a cost of £13,000 and constructed of cement blocks and brick. The two storey building held fifteen rooms for accommodation on the top floor and more accommodation along with kitchen, bar, commercial room, saloon and laundry on the ground floor. The building was sewered with hot and cold water to all rooms and had an electrical plant installed.[6]

In 1932 the Wheat Pool of Western Australia announced that the town would have two grain elevators, each fitted with an engine, installed at the railway siding.[7]

The town was flooded in 1932 following torrential rains in the area. The town was left under water for at least a day but the water flowed rapidly away down the Moore River. It was feared at one point that the town dam would burst from the pressure.[8] Roads were cut from washaways and the streets and flooded buildings were left deep in mud with some stock losses, mostly sheep, being reported.[9]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Coorow (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – C". Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Another Flood". The Daily News. Perthn: National Library of Australia. 16 September 1918. p. 4. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Coorow". Sunday Times. Perth: National Library of Australia. 20 March 1927. p. 19. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "New Coorow Hotel". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 18 September 1929. p. 16. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Coorow Hotel". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 6 September 1930. p. 6. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Moora receives the full force of flood". The Daily News. Perth: National Library of Australia. 9 August 1932. p. 1. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Floods in WA". The Mercury. Hobart, Tasmania: National Library of Australia. 10 August 1932. p. 9. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 

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