Boolading, Western Australia facts for kids
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|Elevation||281 m (922 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of West Arthur|
The name is Aboriginal in origin but the meaning is unknown. The word Boola means plenty or abundance of in the local dialect. Boolading began as a railway siding when Western Australian Government Railways constructed it in 1907. The townsite was gazetted in 1909 and the name was suggested by the district surveyor after a property owned by an acquaintance of his, William Gibbs. It was initially spelt Bulading; the spelling was changed in 1955.
Located along the Collie River, the area is now good pastureland and suitable for a variety of agricultural practices.
Land was first opened for selection in the area in 1894. A water-hole known as Boolading is also near the location; this was the site chosen by the first settlers in the area, William and Sarah-Ann Gibbs, who settled in 1874 and built a split slab home, which was replaced in 1899 by a mud brick home that still stands today. The home was also used as a place for shooters to store skins until a buyer was found. Gibbs later became a property guide and helped survey the Collie – Narrogin railway line.
A telephone exchange operated in Boolading from 1925 until 1952.
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