Pingelly Museum and Historical Group The Wofalin Track


Here is the first of many instalments of some of the “obscure” history of Pingelly and Mourambine. We are of opinion that the Wofalin Track commenced at the Pingelly Railway Station area and travelled eastwards to Mourambine and then followed what is now Shaddick Road to a point where the track then went north westerly towards a point 1 mile south of South Kumminin before it joined with a track from the Wickepin area. The two tracks then became one track and it went on to Parker’s Range goldfield in the Yilgarn area.

12th December 1892.


The Wofalin Track.

Meeting at Pingelly

A meeting was held at the Southern Cross Hotel, Pingelly, on the 3rd. inst., to consider the nearest and best watered route to Parker’s Range. Mr. Geo. Holyoake was voted to the chair. Mr. A. G. Beadell deplored the want of interest taken by the settlers in their district, and alluded to several matters started for their benefit and allowed to drop. He was surprised that some steps had not been taken in the matter of the route to Parker’s Range by men who knew, the route so well. He showed them how they would be able to sell their produce at home instead of taking it away how it was necessary for them to move themselves in the matter and pat aside all petty jealousies.

Mr. Geo. Holyoake explained the great advantage which would accrue to Pingelly and the district from a road to the fields. He explained that the road from here was by far the best watered and the nearest. He alluded rather severely to the rivalry between Pingelly and Mourambine, and condemned the want of unanimity. He disagreed with the idea of forming a carrying company, but rather suggested appointing an agent to receive goods, and then employ teams where available. He had advertised to take goods to Parker’s Range, and had had an inquiry for the price for loads, but had postponed answering until after the meeting.

Mr. Beadell called attention to the fact that the route was- the first consideration, and proposed that in the opinion of this meeting, Mr. Holyoake’s advertised route is the nearest and best watered, and that the route be called the Wofalin route. Mr. G. M. Sewell seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. Mr. G. B. Smith said he would go on that route between the 14th and 20th of the month. Mr. G. M. Sewell said he would start a team within a week or so.

Mr. Beadell proposed that the freight for close packing goods be 15 pounds per ton ; and for passengers by heavy vehicle, with 1001b. baggage, 50 shillings.; and by light vehicle, 4 pounds ; and that special arrangements be made for machinery. This was seconded by Mr. J.N. Taylor and carried.

Mr. Beadell proposed that Mr. Geo. Holyoake’s be sole agent for goods and passengers on behalf of teams and merchants. This was seconded by Mr. John Shaddick and carried.

Mr. Beadell proposed that a subscription be started for the purpose of advertising, to be expended in the best way the agent might see fit. This was seconded by Mr. G. M. Sewell and carried.

The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the chairman.

Pingelly Railway Yard and the Wofalin Track

This is a very rare photograph of the original Pingelly Railway Station and yard in 1891.

The building in the centre of the photo, with the pointed roof, is the original Wayside House (liquor outlet) before the Southern Cross Hotel, later Pingelly Hotel was built in the current location of Park and Quadrant street, Pingelly.

The building at the rear of the photo and on the right is George Holyoak’s blacksmith business and also freight business, using the Wofalin Track to transport men and machinery to the Parker’s Range goldfield. This is the reason why we believe the Wofalin Track commenced in this area. Prospectors would have arrived by train, lodged at the Wayside House and then travelled to Parker’s Range either with Holyoak or by foot.

The building, slightly obscured, behind the Railway Station and on the far left, we believe was a grocery and ironmonger store owned by a man named Smith. We have not been able to establish much more than that!



Russell Stewart
Peter Narducci
Pingely Museum and Historical Group