Yuna, Western Australia

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Yuna
Western Australia
Yuna is located in Western Australia
Yuna
Yuna
Coordinates 28°19′42″S 115°00′05″E / 28.328324°S 115.00151°E / -28.328324; 115.00151Coordinates: 28°19′42″S 115°00′05″E / 28.328324°S 115.00151°E / -28.328324; 115.00151
Established 1913
Postcode(s) 6532
Location
  • 503 km (313 mi) NNW of Perth
  • 37 km (23 mi) NE of Nabawa
LGA(s) Shire of Chapman Valley
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack

Yuna is a small town in the Mid West region of Western Australia, and is located in the Shire of Chapman Valley 62 kilometres (39 mi) northeast of the city of Geraldton.

The state government was petitioned in 1910 by the Yuna Farmer's Association to survey lots in 1910. The government delayed acting on the request until the Upper Chapman railway line extension route was decided on. This was completed in 1912 and then some wrangling over the best townsite ensued.

One site to the west near a spring and close to the railway line was dubbed West Yuna and a siding was built, it was then gazetted as West Yuna in 1913, then changed to Whelarra in 1918 and finally cancelled in 1968.

The Yuna Agricultural Hall was built in 1919 then gutted by fire and then completely collapsing in 1922.[1]

Because of the site at West Yuna, development of the current site was initially opposed by the government and mined for pottery clay. A school was erected in 1927 and then the government decided to assist with development with lots being surveyed in 1929.[2]

The name is Aboriginal in origin and was first recorded in 1863 as Younah Springs, it is thought to mean bad or rotten meat.

The main industry in town is wheat farming with the town being a Cooperative Bulk Handling receival site.[3]

Transport[edit]

It was the terminus of the railway line from Wokarina. The line opened on 3 May 1912 and closed on 29 April, 1957.[4]

In 1932 the Wheat Pool of Western Australia announced that the town would have two grain elevators, each fitted with an engine, installed at the railway siding.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Yuna Agricultural Hall". Geraldton Guardian. Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 28 January 1922. p. 3. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – Y". Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "CBH Receival Sites – Contact Details" (PDF). 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 18, 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  4. ^ The Yuna Branch Milne, Rod Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, August, 1990 pp179-186
  5. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 

References[edit]

  • Vlahon, Jyne compiler (2002) In search of land : stories of Yuna Geraldton, W.A. : J. Vlahov, ISBN 0-646-42086-0