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Wellstead, Western Australia

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Population  296 (2006 census)
Postcode(s)  6328
Elevation  126 m
Postal code  6328
Federal division  Division of O'Connor
Established  1965
LGA(s)  City of Albany
Founded  1965
Local time  Monday 10:09 AM
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Location  476 km (296 mi) South East of Perth 100 km (62 mi) North East of Albany 80 km (50 mi) South of Jerramungup
State electorate(s)  Electoral district of Albany
Weather  18°C, Wind E at 6 km/h, 58% Humidity

Wellstead is a small rural town situated in Western Australia in the Great Southern region between Albany and Esperance.

Map of Wellstead WA 6328, Australia

The name commemorates the Wellstead family who settled in the area in 1860 and had held grazing land between Cape Riche and Bremer Bay. Farmland was opened up in the area in the 1960s for cereal cropping and land was set aside for a townsite.The townsite was gazetted in 1965 shortly after establishing a telephone exchange.

John Wellstead still lived in the area in 1881 and sold 700 head of cattle via the market in Albany early the same year. He died in Albany in 1896 but his sons, including John Jr., continued the family pastoral interests in the area.

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.

References

Wellstead, Western Australia Wikipedia


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