Towns in Australia

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Harvey WA


Postcode: 6220

Harvey is a town located in the South West of Western Australia along the South Western Highway, between Pinjarra and Bunbury. It has a population of 4,215.

Harvey’s name is derived from the nearby Harvey River, named by Governor James Stirling in 1829, soon after the river’s discovery by explorers Dr Alexander Collie and Lieutenant William Preston RN.

Although not positively known, the river is most likely named after Rear Admiral Sir John Harvey RN. In 1817-18, Harvey was Commander in Chief of the West Indies Station – Stirling served under him while in charge of the HMS Brazen, and Harvey recommended him for promotion. Stirling named a number of Western Australian features after his former navy colleagues.