Gutha, Western Australia

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Gutha
Western Australia
Gutha Hall, 2018 (02).jpg
Gutha Hall (erected 1937)[1]
Gutha is located in Western Australia
Gutha
Gutha
Coordinates28°59′20″S 115°50′38″E / 28.989°S 115.844°E / -28.989; 115.844Coordinates: 28°59′20″S 115°50′38″E / 28.989°S 115.844°E / -28.989; 115.844
Established1914
Postcode(s)6623
Elevation253 m (830 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Morawa
State electorate(s)Moore
Federal Division(s)Durack

Gutha is a townsite in the Mid West region of Western Australia, 32 kilometres (20 mi) north of Morawa.

The first Europeans to pass through the Gutha area were government Assistant Surveyor Augustus Charles Gregory and Francis Thomas Gregory (both attached to the department of the Surveyor-General) and their brother Henry Churchman Gregory, on a public-private funded expedition to search for new agricultural land beyond the settled areas. They passed 5 km (3 mi) north of Gutha on 8 September 1846, on their way to the Irwin River.[2]

In 1913 it was decided to establish a railway siding there, 26 km (16 mi) north of Morawa on the Wongan HillsMullewa railway. The district surveyor suggested the name "Muthingutha", the Aboriginal name of a nearby rockhole. This was shortened to Gutha by the Lands Department, and Gutha siding was established in 1915.[3] It was gazetted as a townsite in 1914.[4]

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personal". Geraldton Guardian and Express (The West Australian). Perth, WA. 1 October 1937. p. 26. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  2. ^ Gregory, Augustus Charles; Gregory, Francis Thomas (1884). Journals of Australian Explorations. Brisbane: James C. Beal, Government Printer. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Wongan Hills-Mullewa Line". The West Australian. Perth, WA. 2 April 1915. p. 6. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  4. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – G". Retrieved 2 October 2008.
  5. ^ "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013.