Hyden - Wave Rock Western Australia

On this page stories and experiences are recorded and shared by pioneers. If you have a story you would like to display please email hyden@crc.net.au


Through the eyes of the pioneers...

Elliott George and Edith Maud Thompson settled in Hyden in 1928, 25 miles East of Hyden. They were pioneers to the area. The area was then known as Lake Carmody. One adventure they share is of the trip they first made out to their block of land. Elliott went out from Perth first, with a cousin to Lake Carmody, to erect a house, returning a week later to collect his wife. It was then time to set out on the long journey of nearly 300 miles. “We purchased a small one-tonne tow truck and a second hand bed at an auction as well as some pots and pans. Most of the roads were little better than rough bush tracks all bumps and ruts. By the time we had travelled almost 100 miles it was mid-morning. We had bought a billy can and there was a lovely stream inside a fence so we filled the billy-can from its waters. When it boiled we added the tea and here was the longed for cuppa at last! Alas after one taste we threw the wretched tasting brew away. How were we to know that the water was salty?


Les and Prue Smith settled in Hyden in 1935, also 25 miles East of Hyden – neighbours to Elliott and Maud. One adventure they share is  at the end of 1935 they bought a Chev truck for fifty pounds, this vehicle caused great trouble and they replaced it with a Chev Six Truck. This 2 tonne vehicle lasted many years . This truck had no doors, just a wooden canopy with bags tacked on the keep the wind out. In the 1940’s Les and Prue and their 3 eldest children experienced many tedious hours in this truck as they carted wheat directly to Milne Feeds in Perth. The trucks top speed was 30 miles / hour and a  one way trip would take at least 8 hours on all dirt and gravel roads. The financial gains were significant as wheat carted to the agents wheat stacks in Hyden would fetch prices as low as 1/8 pence a bushel, whilst carting the wheat to one of the feed depots in Perth, the price could be increased to up to 5 shillings.