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Northam is a town in Western Australia, situated at the confluence of the Avon and Mortlock Rivers. Inches redirects here To see the Les Savy Fav album see Inches. A town is a type of settlement ranging from a few to several thousand (occasionally hundreds of thousands inhabitants although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent. The Avon River is a River in Western Australia. It is a Tributary of the Swan River. Home to an estimated 6,227 people in 2005, it is the largest town in the Avon region. It is also the largest inland town in the state not founded on mining. Mining is the extraction of valuable Minerals or other geological materials from the earth usually (but not always from an Ore body
The area around Northam was first explored in 1830 by a party of colonists led by Ensign Robert Dale, and subsequently founded in 1833. Lieutenant Robert Dale (1812&ndash 20 July 1853[[ Notes|1]] was the first European explorer to cross the Darling Range in Western It was named by Governor Stirling, probably after a village of the same name in Devon, England. Bold text' ]] ==Family background==He was the fifth son of eight of the fifteen children of Andrew Stirling Esq Devon is a large county in the South West of England. The county is also referred to as Devonshire, but that is an entirely unofficial name England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Almost immediately it became a point of departure for explorers and settlers who were interested in the lands which lay to the east.
This initial importance declined with the growing importance of the other nearby towns of York and Beverley, but the arrival of the railway made Northam the major departure point for fossickers and miners who headed east towards the goldfields. For other places named York, see York (disambiguation. York is the oldest inland town in Western Australia, situated Beverley is a town located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, south-east of the state capital Perth, between York and
A notable scandal occurred in 1933 when the town's entire Aboriginal population were rounded up by police and dumped in the Moore River Native Settlement. Indigenous Australians are descendants of the first known human inhabitants of the Australian continent and its nearby islands. The Moore River Native Settlement was the name of the now defunct Aboriginal settlement located 135 km north of Perth and 11 km west of Mogumber in The Northam Shire Council said they had scabies and were a health risk. Scabies is a transmissible ectoparasite Skin Infection characterized by superficial Burrows intense pruritus (itching and Secondary 
During the 1940's and 1950's in Northam there were extensive camps for displaced European refugees and immigrants.
Steve Fossett became the first person to fly around the world alone, non-stop, in a balloon when he launched from Northam on 19 June 2002, and returned to Australia on 3 July, landing in Queensland. James Stephen Fossett (born April 22 1944 missing September 3 2007 declared legally dead February 15 2008 On September 3 2007 Fossett was reported missing after Events 1179 - The Norwegian Battle of Kalvskinnet outside Nidaros. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Events 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium. Queensland is a state of Australia, occupying the north-eastern corner of the mainland continent
Northam consists of the Town of Northam and Shire of Northam. The Town of Northam was a Local Government Area of Western Australia for the town of Northam in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia The Shire of Northam is a Local Government Area in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, beyond the northeastern fringe of the Perth After 53 years of debates and attempts, these two councils merged on July 1, 2007 to form one new council called the Shire of Northam.
Northam is a major railway junction, and serves as the commercial centre for much of the western Wheatbelt. The Wheatbelt region is one of the nine Regions of Western Australia. The dual gauge Eastern Railway terminates here and becomes the standard gauge Eastern Goldfields Railway. Dual-gauge or mixed-gauge Railway is a special configuration of railway track, allowing trains of different gauges to use the same track First section The first section of the Eastern Railway from Fremantle to Guildford, remained generally unchanged since it was opened on 1 March The standard gauge (also named the Stephenson gauge after George Stephenson, or Normal gauge) is a widely-used Rail gauge. The Eastern Goldfields Railway (EGR was built in the 1880s to connect Perth, Western Australia with the rich goldfields at Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie narrow gauge radiates both south of the town to York and beyond (Great Southern Railway), and north to Goomalling, another rural railway junction. A narrow gauge railway (or narrow gauge railroad) is a Railway that has a Track gauge narrower than the of Standard gauge railways For other places named York, see York (disambiguation. York is the oldest inland town in Western Australia, situated The Great Southern Railway (GSR was the name of a railway company that operated from Beverley to Albany in Western Australia between 1886 and 1896 Goomalling is a townsite in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia 45 km north north east of Northam Western Australia.
The Northam Railway station is used for the Prospector and Avonlink rural train services. The Transwa Prospector is a standard-gauge passenger train operated by Transwa that runs between Perth, Western Australia, and the Goldfields The AvonLink is a Standard gauge passenger train operated by Transwa that operates between Perth, Western Australia and the Avon Valley The original station on Fitzgerald Street was opened in 1900 and closed in 1966 when the new Eastern Railway route became operational. 
The Australian Railroad Group have a large railway yard named Avon Yard west of the town. Australian Railroad Group (ARG is one of Australia 's largest private rail operators operating across almost 10000 kilometres of track and began operating in Western
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Northam has some very committed sporting teams. Transwa is Western Australia's regional public transport provider linking 275 destinations within Western Australia, from Kalbarri in the north to Augusta in the south Toodyay is a town located in the Avon Valley, 85 km north-east of Perth, Western Australia. East Perth railway station is a Transperth railway station 19km from Perth Train Station, on the Midland Line in Perth, Western Australia The AvonLink is a Standard gauge passenger train operated by Transwa that operates between Perth, Western Australia and the Avon Valley Cunderdin is a town located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia 156 km east of Perth, on Great Eastern Highway. Merredin is a town in Western Australia, located in the Central Wheatbelt roughly mid-way between Perth and Kalgoorlie, on Route 94 Toodyay is a town located in the Avon Valley, 85 km north-east of Perth, Western Australia. Midland Train Station is a Transperth train station 16km from Perth Train Station, in Western Australia, and is the terminus of the current suburban The AvonLink is a Standard gauge passenger train operated by Transwa that operates between Perth, Western Australia and the Avon Valley Toodyay is a town located in the Avon Valley, 85 km north-east of Perth, Western Australia. East Perth railway station is a Transperth railway station 19km from Perth Train Station, on the Midland Line in Perth, Western Australia The Transwa Prospector is a standard-gauge passenger train operated by Transwa that runs between Perth, Western Australia, and the Goldfields Cunderdin is a town located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia 156 km east of Perth, on Great Eastern Highway. Great Southern Railway (GSR owned by Serco Asia Pacific is a tourism business and rail transport operator in Australia. Midland is a suburb in the Perth, Western Australia metropolitan area as well as the regional centre for the City of Swan local government area East Perth railway station is a Transperth railway station 19km from Perth Train Station, on the Midland Line in Perth, Western Australia Route The route leaves East Perth Station and travels first along a dual gauge section of the Midland suburban line and east to Kalgoorlie, then following Merredin is a town in Western Australia, located in the Central Wheatbelt roughly mid-way between Perth and Kalgoorlie, on Route 94 Central Railway Station (also known as Sydney Terminal) is the largest Railway station in Sydney. Australian rules football is an obsession with many of the people of Western Australia. Australian (rules football, or simply known as football, footy or Aussie rules, is a Team sport played between two teams of 18 players Northam has two teams that play in the Avon Football Association competition, the Federals and Railways.
Field and indoor hockey, cricket, and netball also attract significant numbers of players and spectators. Field hockey is a Team sport in which players attempt to score goals by hitting the Ball across the pitch with a stick Indoor field hockey is an indoor variant of "traditional" outdoor Field hockey. Cricket is a bat-and-ball team Sport that originated in England and is now played in more than 100 countries Netball is a non-contact team Sport similar to and derived from Basketball. Individual sports such as tennis and cycling including BMX are also popular.
The BMX State Championships were held in Northam in 2003 with 3,000 competitors and spectators attending the event for over 1 week with Northam competitors showing their dominance in the sport in the state. 3 local riders who participated in this event (Dale Reynolds - then ranked 3WA for 18 Men's, Chris Marris - Then ranked 1WA for 18 Men's, and Kyle Martin - Then ranked 4WA for 18 Men's) have subsequently completed cross country rides from Adelaide to Perth demonstrating the interest in cycling in Northam.
Northam also maintains an active running club.
The Avon Descent is held every year starting in Northam. The Avon Descent is an annual two-day white water event involving both paddle craft ( Kayaks surf skies and small motor boats
The Northam Flying 50's, a historic car racing event, is held each year in early April and attracts around 5,000 spectators each year.
The Northam Agricultural Show is also a yearly attraction which is held over a Friday a Saturday in mid September.
Northam is the birthplace of: