Hamel is a town located in the Peel region of Western Australia just off the South Western Highway, between Waroona (4 km to the north) and Harvey.
The town owes its name to solicitor and politician Lancel Victor de Hamel (1849-1894), the former owner of the land where the town is situated. Over the period 1890-1894, De Hamel was the MLA for Albany and Western Australia’s first Opposition Leader (facing John Forrest, Bunbury MLA and later member of Federal Parliament), who also had a hand in the creation of Albany’s local newspaper in 1888, the Albany Advertiser, which exists to this day. He died while visiting Coolgardie on 26 November 1894.
The land for the townsite was purchased from de Hamel’s estate in 1898 and subdivided by the Department of Lands and Surveys.