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Watheroo

Watheroo is a small town north of Moora on what is now known as The Midlands Road. The town is 214 kms north of Perth. As with many towns in this area, establishment came about with the construction of the 1894 Midland - Walkaway railway, necessitating a stopping point with amenities and workers. The town was gazetted in 1907. Watheroo is of Aboriginal origin named after the nearby Watheroo Spring. James Oliver took up land here in 1851


 
 
   
 
 

Watheroo - Road Sign

The Watheroo welcome sign constructed out of what look like railway sleepers. September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH001

 

Watheroo - Town Directory

The very early morning sun shines off the Watheroo town directory. The Willy Wagtail up on top of the directory is the town emblem. One suggestion of the source of the town name is "Wardo", meaning "Little Bird". September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH002

 

Watheroo - Shop

The Watheroo Shop is on the Midlands Road opposite the old railway station and newer tavern. September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH003

 

Watheroo - Neptune Workshop

Not too many Neptune service station around now. In fact, this place is now the trucking workshop of Crossley Contractors, with the petrol bowsers being retained just for show. Mr Crossley probably was a Neptune petrol merchant decades ago when the quantity of passing traffic made it worthwhile. September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH004

 

Watheroo - Christ Church

Christ Church, Watheroo. "The Foundation Stone of the Watheroo Joint Owned Church was laid by Mrs L. Kramy on 4th April 1956". September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH005

 

Watheroo - Main Street

The main street of Watheroo, the Midlands Road, looking south. The Neptune sign is visible as is the shop. Off to the right is the railway area. September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH006

 

Watheroo - Hall

The Watheroo Hall on the main road. The hall opened in 1960. September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH007

 

Watheroo - School

The Watheroo primary school is pleasing to observe, as just about all of them are. This dates back to 1959. September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH008

 

Watheroo - CWA

Good to see the CWA has representation in Watheroo. September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH009

 

Watheroo - Tavern

Watheroo Station Tavern has been constructed in front of the old railway station building. September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH010

 

Watheroo - Tavern

A look inside part of the Watheroo Station Tavern. The rear wall and roof form part of the old railway station. September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH011

 

Watheroo - Railway Station

This is the Watheroo railway station constructed circa 1894 when the Midland to Walkaway railway was built. There is only the odd grain train coming through now. In its heyday, the Geraldton passenger train would have paused here and many general goods trains would have stopped here. September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH012

 

Watheroo - Railway Goods Shed

Behind the railway station and beyond where the old rail yards once were is the former station goods shed and locomotive depot. This building was constructed in 1944. September 2014. Photos Ref: WATH013


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