Shire of West Arthur

History

Old Farm HouseThe first Europeans to visit the district were Captain Bannister and his exploration party who, in late 1830, explored the hinterland between the settlements of Albany and the Swan River. Other explorations followed.

During the 1850's, the main Perth to Albany road was built by convict labour and the first settlements in the West Arthur Shire were formed along this road, between the Arthur and Beaufort Rivers. The development of the regional settlements followed the establishment of the pastoralists, who were granted grazing leases from as early as 1854.

Arthur River gradually developed into a thriving centre with a police barracks and gaol (1866), the Mount Pleasant Inn (1855), a post office, a blacksmith, a doctor and a trading post.

Hillman RockWhen the Great Southern Railway opened in 1889, much of the existing trade moved to new railway towns and many of the centres along the old "Coach Road" closed. Two connecting railway lines from Collie to the Great Southern Line brought a new "era of prosperity" to the region.

While for many years only a few farming families had been settlers in the area, the town of Darkan (established 1907), soon became a busy centre. Some pioneering families, who occupied outlying areas of the Shire, grazed sheep while others provided services. Some of the services provided by these local families included the Inn at Tarwonga, trading posts and stores at Moodiarrup, Arthur River and Boolading and telephone exchanges run out of private dwellings.

Gym Membership Renewal 06 Oct 2017

Gym membership renewal is due. Online registrations are required.

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Darkan Swimming Pool 06 Oct 2017

Membership Registrations - Summer 2017/2018. Registrations Open.

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Children's Week 2017
Children's Week 2017
06 Oct 2017

Loose Parts Play - Children's Week 2017 Sunday 29 October 2017 - 10am Darkan Skate Park/Nature Play Area FREE for children 0 -15 yrs RSVP kgibbs@westarthur.wa.gov.au

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Local Government Elections - Results 14 Sep 2017

At the close of nominations, all candidates were elected unopposed. We welcome three new councillors, Julie McFall, Marie Lloyd and Alan Blencowe. Neil Manual and Kevin King are returning as councillors and Karlene Goss, Andrew Clarke and Rodney Hulse are retiring

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