Perth, Western Australia
|Population||303 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale|
|State electorate(s)||Darling Range|
Mardella is an outer suburb of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, lying approximately 41 kilometres (25 mi) south-southeast of the central business district. It is located within the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, and at the 2011 census had a population of 303 people. Although falling within the Perth metropolitan area, Mardella is mostly rural in nature, with a significant proportion of the population engaged in farming.
Mardella is named after the Mardella Farm, which was established in the first few decades of European settlement. The names of both Mardella and the nearby Medulla Brook are derived from the same Aboriginal root word. Mardella has been used as a locality name since at least 1898, when a railway siding on the South Western Railway was opened under that name. However, it was only formally gazetted as a suburb in 1997. A community organisation erected a district hall in the 1950s, and at one stage Mardella supported a general store.
The Serpentine River flows through Mardella, forming parts of its western and southern boundaries. The suburb also contains Medulla Brook, a small ephemeral stream. The western portion of Mardella contains a significant amount of uncleared bushland, as well as a small pine plantation. The rest of the suburb is mostly farmland. Mardella's eastern boundary is the South Western Highway, which links Perth with the South West. Part of its northern boundary is the route of a proposed extension to Tonkin Highway.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Mardella (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
- For instance, this March 1861 advertisement in The Perth Gazette offers "Mardella Farm, Serpentine" for sale or lease.
- Perth suburb names, Landgate. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
- "Mardella Hall Site Granted", South Western Advertiser, 19 June 1952.
- Mardella, Photographs of Perth and the South West of Western Australia. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
- Perth Street Directory (4th edition), Quality Publishing Australia (2014), pp. 340–341, 361–363.