Yealering, Western Australia
View of Yealering silos, 2013.
|Population||104 (2016 census)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Wickepin|
Yealering is a town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, approximately 220 km south-east of Perth between the towns of Wickepin and Corrigin. It is located beside a lake of the same name. While the town's population is small, it services a large agricultural district in the northern Wickepin Shire. At the 2016 census, Yealering had a population of 104.
Yealering's name is of Aboriginal origin and was first recorded in 1870 for the lake next to the town. It was first settled in the 1870s as a grazing lease and was later the site of a market garden. Yealering Lake was a valuable source of fresh water for the settlers. Community picnics and sporting days, for which the town became renowned, were held on the banks of the lake, and in dry years horse races were run on the lake bed.
From 19 April 1944 to 29 September 1945 during World War II, Yealering had a prisoner of war camp which began with 100 Italian POWs, and when it closed there were 125 POWs. The W15 POW Control Centre was run by Lt W Baker from 19 April 1944 to 12 October 1944
In 1907, land around Yealering was opened up for selection, and in 1908, the Yealering Lake Progress Association was formed. After the Government's announcement of a railway from Wickepin to Merredin, a townsite was surveyed and in 1912 the town was gazetted, and already by that stage included a primary school, post office and several other buildings. A hall made from local bricks was added in 1927.
Yealering is an agricultural service town with a primary school, a recently refurbished hall, a general store and a hotel, as well as other businesses and services. The nearby lake has several recreational options including water skiing, an 18-hole golf course and a caravan park.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Yealering (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – Y". Retrieved 17 January 2007.
- Shire of Wickepin. "Shire of Wickepin - Townsites". Retrieved 28 October 2006.
- "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
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