Totadgin

Location

260 kilometres from Youndegin

12 kilometres south-west of Merredin.

GPS Coordinates

31 34 31S

118 12 52E

Directions

Turn south off Great Eastern Highway in Merredin onto Merredin South Road, signposted ‘Bruce Rock’. The road name changes to Bruce Rock-Merredin Road. The turnoff into the Totadgin Well carpark is 12.4 kms from Merredin. There is a gravel walk track 200 metres from the carpark to the well at the base of the rock.

From the well there is a walk track along the base of the rock to another carpark and access to the top of the rock.

Condition

As at February 2015 the well has been restored and is in good condition. The surrounds need clearing.

Authority

DPaWs
Central Wheatbelt District (Merredin)
Cnr of Crooks Rd and Great Eastern Highway
PO Box 332 MERREDIN 6415
Phone (08) 9041 6000 Fax (08) 9041 6011

 

Shire of Merredin
9041 1611

History

 

During his Koolyanobbing Expedition (the first of four to the east of York) Hunt recorded:

Tuesday 22nd [March 1864] commences with fine weather, having obtained the assistance of three natives as guides to the next watering place - 4.45pm halted for the night at Todatiting Rock and Spring the best we have yet seen since leaving York - situated on the east side of the rock with numerous wattle trees about it - with good feed also - from the summit of rock.

In October of that year during his second expedition he referred to it as Totadgin and in early 1865 his party of probation prisoners constructed a well there:

17 February 1865. Friday. Begins with fine weather and light easterly wind. 7h a.m. teams arrived at Totadgin and halt for the day. During the forenoon party engaged, collecting stone, cutting poles and completing the well which is but a small one, though I believe will hold water for all passing purposes.

A few weeks later the team improved the well:

7 March 1865. Tuesday. This day halting at Totadgin … The men engaged sinking as this well there not being a good supply in the first one made …. After the first rainy season, there will allways be an opening for the spring to make its way into the well. I have been at this place several times before and allways thought it one of the best places to make a well eastward of York. … 6h p.m. gave up the new well as useless having come to rock at eight feet, it will make an excellent reservoir to be filled by the first rain fall, being situated in small gully and the side of the wh hole being very firm.

The area is protected in Reserve 1313.

 

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