A service town located in the central agricultural wheatbelt region.
To establish its own identity, Koorda promotes itself as Corn Dolly
Country. It hold a Corn Dolly Festival where locally made dolls of
plaited corn are judged and sold.
Koorda Heritage Trail
Like so many of the small wheat-belt towns Koorda has its own
Heritage Trail. The brochure is particularly useful for people who wish
to inspect the wildflowers in the region - it also has directions to
the town's first dam.
Located in the town's old hospital, it has interesting displays of
old hospital equipment as well as the usual collections of domestic and
agricultural equipment from the local area.
Natural features: Cowcowing Lake; Lake Wallambin; Badjerin Rock; Mungan Gabby Rock
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Where is it?
236 km north east of Perth; 45 km north of Wyalkatchem
In 1913 the government constructed a railway from Wyalkatchem to
Mount Marshall, and the Central Cowcowing Progress Association
requested that land be set aside for a townsite at the proposed siding
in this area. Problems regarding resumption of land for the townsite
and the exact siting of the siding meant that the townsite was not
gazetted until 1917.
In 1914 the proposed siding here was named Koorda at the suggestion
of J Hope, the Chief Draftsman in the WA Lands Department. Hope took
the name from a list of words obtained from an Aboriginal in the
Margaret River area, the meaning being given as a "married person".