Lake Grace is a town located in the Eastern Wheatbelt region of
Western Australia. It is a typical wheatbelt town with the inevitable
grain silos, CBH bulk loading facilities and a pub.
At Lake Grace you can visit the only remaining Australian Inland
Mission hospital in WA, established by Rev John Flynn OBE of RFDS fame.
Walk through old style wards, duty room, kitchen and laundry to
experience the atmosphere of an early twentieth century rural hospital.
Stubbs Street, Lake Grace.
The Lake itself is part of an ancient river system which probably
flowed more than 20 million years ago it was reduced to a lake about 5
million years ago and gradual silting made it into the shallow lake
which exists today. The area around Lake Grace is noted for the variety
of small mammals including the western mouse, white tailed dunnart,
Mitchell's hopping mouse and the ashy-grey mouse.
The lake was given the name by Marshall Fox, the District Surveyor,
in 1910. It is named after Grace Brockman, the wife of the then
Surveyor General, Frederick S Brockman. Grace Brockman became famous in
1876 when she, as Grace Bussell, and her stockman Sam Isaacs, rescued
many people from the wreck of the "Georgette" near the mouth of the
Margaret River. On 13 January 2006, the town was flooded by Tropical
Cyclone Clare, receiving 230 mm of rainfall. It was declared a disaster
zone by the State Government. Just over a week later, the town was hit
again by rain from Tropical Cyclone Daryl.