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Kelmscott, Western Australia

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Kelmscott is located in Perth
Location in metropolitan Perth
Coordinates32°07′08″S 116°01′34″E / 32.119°S 116.026°E / -32.119; 116.026Coordinates: 32°07′08″S 116°01′34″E / 32.119°S 116.026°E / -32.119; 116.026
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Population10,019 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density630.1/km2 (1,632/sq mi)
Area15.9 km2 (6.1 sq mi)
  • 23 km (14 mi) SE of Perth
  • 5 km (3 mi) N of Armadale
LGA(s)City of Armadale
State electorate(s)Armadale
Federal Division(s)Burt
Suburbs around Kelmscott:
Champion Lakes Martin Martin
Camillo Kelmscott Roleystone
Seville Grove Armadale Mount Nasura
Bridge below the school, Kelmscott, Western Australia, 23 March 1928

Kelmscott is a southeastern suburb of Perth, Western Australia in the local government area of the City of Armadale. It is 23 kilometres (14 mi) southeast of Perth along the Albany Highway.

Kelmscott was one of the very early towns established in the Swan River Colony and was named after Kelmscott, Oxfordshire, the birthplace of the first Anglican clergyman in the colony, Thomas Hobbes Scott (1783–1860).[2]

The suburb of Kelmscott is bisected by the Canning River. On the western side of the river is the flat coastal plain upon which most of Perth is situated. This area includes the Stargate Kelmscott and Kelmscott Village shopping areas along Albany Highway, the light industrial area, the Kelmscott Senior High School and a residential area. To the east, the suburb rises into the western Darling Scarp.

Kelmscott celebrated its 175th anniversary on 9 October 2005. The highlight of the celebrations was the running of the Hotham Valley Railway steam locomotive Pm706 from Perth railway station to Kelmscott station, with stops at Cannington, Gosnells, then Armadale station. This was the first running of steam "under the wires" on the Transperth network for some time. The event was specially arranged by the Public Transport Authority, whose Minister is also the member of parliament for the local electorate.

Kelmscott is home of the first Red Rooster restaurant, as well as Australia's busiest drive-through KFC service. Rambo actor James Wearing Smith attended Kelmscott Primary School from 1976 to 1983 before attending Hollywood Senior High School.


  • Kelmscott Primary School (1882) - one of the first primary schools established in Western Australia.
  • Kelmscott Senior High School (1973) years 7-12.
  • Clifton Hills Independent Primary School (1972)[3]
  • Grovelands Primary School (1980).
  • John Wollaston Anglican Community School (1988) - K-12.

Annual events[edit]

  • The Kelmscott Show, run by the Kelmscott Agricultural Society, has been held annually since 1897 (with the exception of the years 1930-1938).[4]
  • The Head of the River rowing regatta takes place annually during Autumn at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre.[citation needed]
  • The people of Kelmscott have an annual bench press competition.[citation needed]

Bushfire 2011[edit]

On the 6 February 2011, a declared total fire ban day, a bushfire occurred on private property adjacent to the Brookton Highway in the Roleystone / Kelmscott area. There were a total of 72 homes destroyed and 37 homes damaged. This is the single biggest house loss in Western Australia to a single bushfire event. Some loyal Kelmscott residents managed to return to their homes in the fire zone, as described by Premier Colin Barnett, and could be seen on their balconies giving hope to fellow residents that their properties were safe.[5][6]

See also[edit]

  • Kelmscott railway station


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kelmscott (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2013.Lua error in Module:WikidataCheck at line 23: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  2. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020389b.htm
  3. damage in 1992.
  4. "Kelmscott Show - About The Society". Kelmscott Show. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  5. Smith, Ralph (10 November 2011). "Final Report on "Investigation of the House Losses in the Roleystone/Kelmscott Bushfire 6 February 2011"" (PDF). Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  6. until the Waroona fire of 2016

External links[edit]

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