Wyalkatchem

Brief History

Wyalkatchem, Western AustraliaWyalkatchem is located in the Western Australian Wheatbelt, which is in the central agricultural region of W.A.

The district was explored in 1864 but the first settlers to take up land in Wyalkatchem were in 1904.

The townsite was officially declared in 1908 and gazetted in 1911.

The Wyalkatchem shire covers an area of 1,743 sqkm with a population of approximately 620.

A railway was built in 1900's but it only reached Korrelocking (a nearby town) with Wyalkatchem consisting of a few camps and a blacksmith. The railway was later extended in 1910, to include Wyalkatchem.
Wyalkatchem, wheat loading facility, Western AustraliaThe town was the first place to convert from bagged wheat to bulk wheat loading facilities, as the bagging process was costly and time consuming.

The first trainload of bulk wheat departed from Wyalkatchem in 1931. Wyalkatchem originally had three of the five bulk loading facilities in Western Australia and is now known as the cradle of bulk loading in Western Australia's wheatbelt region.

The towns economic survival depends on sheep and wheat, producing 56,000 tonnes of wheat and 896,500kg of wool annually.
Wyalkatchem, wheat loading facility, Western Australia

There are several different stories and folk lores surrounding the origin of the town's name. One local legend claims the name was derived from a local trooper named C.E. Wylie, who supposedly had great tracking skills and became known as "CEWylie catchem" to the local Aborigines.

Another theory set out in the book "Araluen to Zanthus" was that the town was named after "Walkatching" an  Aboriginal waterhole.

The Toodyay Road Board in 1881 used the word "Walkatching" when referring to a tank to be placed at the Wyalkatchem townsite but when the tank was eventually marked they had spelt it Wyalkatchem.

Things You May Not Know About Wyalkatchem

The postcode for Wyalkatchem is 6485

Important Links to Wyalkatchem

Shire of Wyalkatchem

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