Broomehill is the next town
encountered when heading south from Northam to Albany. Broomehill is a
very small Wheatbelt town that meets the Bustout criteria.
The town of Broomehill
owes its creation to the Great Southern Railway, which was completed
in 1889. The railway runs from Beverley to Albany. Broomehill is named
after Sir Frederick Napier Broome (1842-96) who was then the Governor
of Western Australia.
A group of settlers from
the now extinct town of Eticup moved to the present site of Broomehill
to help establish a township after the construction of the railway was
The official spelling of
Broomehill was changed from two words to one in 1959.
The economy of the area is
dependent on wheat and sheep farming although recently farmers have
diversified into viticulture and aquaculture in the form of Barramundi
The Broomehill Hotel has a
great profile for the town. An imposing century plus building it is,
coupled with the classic pub profile.
The Broomehill War
Memorial is a worthy acknowledgement.
The Broomehill Museum is
opposite the pub. This museum is open most times.
Broomehill has a 110 year
and old Catholic representation.
Although Broomehill is a
small place there is this urge to linger and stay awhile.