Kwolyin, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Kwolyin is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 31°56′S 117°46′E / 31.933°S 117.767°E / -31.933; 117.767Coordinates: 31°56′S 117°46′E / 31.933°S 117.767°E / -31.933; 117.767
Population 132 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1913
Postcode(s) 6385
Elevation 280 m (919 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Bruce Rock
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Kwolyin is a small town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

The first European to visit the area, in 1864, was the explorer Charles Cooke Hunt, who charted a large granite hill in the area by its Indigenous Australian name of Qualyin Hill. The meaning of the name is unknown.

By 1908 the area had been settled and the local progress association requested that the government declare a townsite along the Quairading to Nunagin railway that was being proposed.

The townsite was selected in 1912 due to its position near Coaring Spring and the townsite was gazetted in 1913, the same year the railway was opened. The station was initially named as Koarin but later renamed as Kwolyin.[2] Kwolyin's State Hotel was constructed in 1914. It was destroyed by arson in February 1992. The gutted hotel building was demolished in 1992.[3][4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Kwolyin (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – K". Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  3. ^ Thomson, Chris (26 January 2012). "Port Kennedy pair charged over pub fire". Sunday Times. Perth, WA. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "State Hotel". Eastern Districts Chronicle. York, WA. 24 October 1919. Retrieved 5 August 2016.