Watheroo, Western Australia

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Watheroo
Western Australia
Watheroo Hall, Watheroo, 2013.JPG
Watheroo Hall, 2013.
Watheroo is located in Western Australia
Watheroo
Watheroo
Coordinates 30°18′00″S 116°04′00″E / 30.30000°S 116.06667°E / -30.30000; 116.06667Coordinates: 30°18′00″S 116°04′00″E / 30.30000°S 116.06667°E / -30.30000; 116.06667
Population 275 (2006 Census)[1]
Established 1907
Postcode(s) 6513
Elevation 263 m (863 ft)
Location
  • 214 km (133 mi) North of Perth
  • 38 km (24 mi) North of Moora
  • 98 km (61 mi) East of Jurien Bay
LGA(s) Shire of Moora
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack

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

History[edit]

Land in the area was settled by James Oliver in 1851, the area was surveyed in 1871 and the name Watheroo was charted for the first time. Watheroo is a thriving farming Wheatbelt town, farming livestock and grain. The town was an original station on the Midland Railway Company railway line to Walkaway. The townsite was gazetted in 1907.[2]

Railway[edit]

Following flooding along the Moore River in 1907, the railway lines between Watheroo and Moora were closed for some time when parts of the track were washed away.[3] Rail services were again affected in 1917 when 1.7 inches (43 mm) of rain fell in three hours causing more flooding, washways and the railyard in town to be submerged.[4]

Etymology[edit]

The name is Indigenous Australian in origin and was the name of a nearby spring. The word Watheroo is derived from the word wardo which means little bird or more specifically the willy wagtail or from the word wardoro which means water.[5]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Watheroo (1918-1959)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 33.9
(93)
33.8
(92.8)
31.0
(87.8)
26.5
(79.7)
21.3
(70.3)
18.1
(64.6)
17.2
(63)
18.3
(64.9)
21.1
(70)
23.7
(74.7)
28.1
(82.6)
31.5
(88.7)
25.4
(77.7)
Average low °C (°F) 15.9
(60.6)
16.3
(61.3)
14.8
(58.6)
11.4
(52.5)
8.0
(46.4)
6.2
(43.2)
5.0
(41)
5.4
(41.7)
6.5
(43.7)
8.0
(46.4)
11.2
(52.2)
13.8
(56.8)
10.2
(50.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 9.4
(0.37)
16.9
(0.665)
22.1
(0.87)
23.4
(0.921)
58.8
(2.315)
84.6
(3.331)
78.4
(3.087)
54.6
(2.15)
30.1
(1.185)
20.8
(0.819)
9.4
(0.37)
9.3
(0.366)
417.2
(16.425)
Source: [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Watheroo (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 October 2008. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – W". Retrieved 17 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "A town under water". The Advertiser (Adelaide: National Library of Australia). 3 August 1907. p. 10. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Midland Line". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 6 August 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Shire of Moora – Watheroo". 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 17 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "Climate statistics for Watheroo". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

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