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Walkaway

Walkaway is a small hamlet within the City of Greater Geraldton, close to and just east of the locality of Greenough and on the Greenough River. The name is a corruption of the Aboriginal name "Wagga wah", a bend in the nearby river. The town would have been established around the time the railway station was completed in 1894. Pastoralists were in the area earlier. Close to Walkaway are two wind farms and a solar farm all generating sustainable electricity


 
 
   
 
 

Walkaway - Welcome Sign

The Walkaway town welcome sign. September 2014. Photos Ref: WALK001

 

Walkaway - Tavern

The Walkaway Tavern established in 1907. This business now appears to be for sale. September 2014. Photos Ref: WALK002

 

Walkaway - Store

Opposite the tavern is the local store and post office. The business is for sale. Walkaway still has a functioning primary school despite the fact that in according to the 2006 Census, the locality had a population of under 300 people. September 2014. Photos Ref: WALK003

 

Walkaway - Hall

The public hall was erected through voluntary labour in the early 1900's. A porch was added in 1920 to commemorate locals who were involved in World War I. A stone on the building was laid by Mrs M. J. Logue on 3rd January, 1920. September 2014. Photos Ref: WALK004

 

Walkaway - Railway Station

The Walkaway railway station was constructed when the town was linked by rail to Geraldton in 1887. In 1894 the link between Midland and Walkaway was completed thus establishing a complete rail route from Perth through to Geraldton. September 2014. Photos Ref: WALK005

 

Walkaway - Railway Station

A view down the platform of the station. This is now used as a railway museum and houses much rail memorabilia. When the station was functioning, the station master lived on the premises. September 2014. Photos Ref: WALK006

 

Walkaway - Goods Shed

This railways goods shed was constructed in 1887 and it is adjacent to the station building. September 2014. Photos Ref: WALK007

 

Walkaway - Cemetery

The old Walkaway cemetery is set a couple of kilometres from the hamlet. It is on the main Dongara - Geraldton road just north of the Greenough River bridge. This is a pioneer cemetery with about 28 people interred here. Pictured is a very old grave which may not be in its original position. September 2014. Photos Ref: WALK008

 

Walkaway - Cemetery

Respectfully, the grave of pioneer Hannorah O'Brien who passed away in 1904. September 2014. Photos Ref: WALK009

 

Walkaway - Cemetery

There are so many unmarked graves in the Greenough cemetery. This sign speaks for itself. September 2014. Photos Ref: WALK010


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