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Boyup Brook WA

Boyup Brook

Postcode: 6244

Boyup Brook is a town located in the South West of Western Australia, 269 kilometres (167 mi) south-southeast of Perth and 31 kilometres (19 mi) northeast of Bridgetown.

Boyup derives from ‘Booyup’, an Aboriginal term meaning ‘place of big smoke’.

Notable persons who were involved in early exploration and settlement of the area include Augustus Gregory (1845), Commodore Scott (1854), John George Lee-Steere (1861) and William Forrest (1871). The townsite was gazetted as Boyup in 1900, although local usage was mostly “Boyup Brook”.

In 1908 there was a major expansion of the townsite, and locals suggested that as there was some confusion with the similarity of Boyup and Boyanup, the townsite should be renamed Boyup Brook. The renaming was approved, and the townsite regazetted as Boyup Brook in 1909. In the same year, the Bunbury to Katanning railway reached the town.