Kelmscott, Western Australia facts for kids
Perth, Western Australia
|Population||10,019 (2011 census)|
|• Density||630.1/km2 (1,632/sq mi)|
|Area||15.9 km2 (6.1 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||City of Armadale|
Kelmscott was one of the very early towns established in the Swan River Colony and was named after Kelmscott, Oxfordshire, the birthplace of the first Anglican clergyman in the colony, Thomas Hobbes Scott (1783–1860).
The suburb of Kelmscott is bisected by the Canning River. On the western side of the river is the flat coastal plain upon which most of Perth is situated. This area includes the Stargate Kelmscott and Kelmscott Village shopping areas along Albany Highway, the light industrial area, the Kelmscott Senior High School and a residential area. To the east, the suburb rises into the western Darling Scarp.
Kelmscott celebrated its 175th anniversary on 9 October 2005. The highlight of the celebrations was the running of the Hotham Valley Railway steam locomotive Pm706 from Perth railway station to Kelmscott station, with stops at Cannington, Gosnells, then Armadale station. This was the first running of steam "under the wires" on the Transperth network for some time. The event was specially arranged by the Public Transport Authority, whose Minister is also the member of parliament for the local electorate.
- The Kelmscott Show, run by the Kelmscott Agricultural Society, has been held annually since 1897 (with the exception of the years 1930-1938).
- The Head of the River rowing regatta takes place annually during Autumn at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre.
- The people of Kelmscott have an annual bench press competition. 2016 saw "big boy" Conor aged 4 bench 220 for 3 reps.
On the 6 February 2011, a declared total fire ban day, a bushfire occurred on private property adjacent to the Brookton Highway in the Roleystone / Kelmscott area. There were a total of 72 homes destroyed and 37 homes damaged. This is the single biggest house loss in Western Australia to a single bushfire event. Some loyal Kelmscott residents managed to return to their homes in the death zone, as described by Premier Colin Barnett, and could be seen on their balconies giving hope to fellow residents that their properties were safe.
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