Surveyor J. Cowle surveyed Boongarra Reserve (No. 911) as a Travellers Resting Place and Stockyard in 1867.
Coincidentally this is probably also the area mentioned by George Grey as Boongarrup in 1837.
The name is believed to be of aboriginal derivation, possibly meaning ‘a hill shaped like a stomach’.
J. Cowle, Fieldbook 2, p.30.
George Grey, Expeditions in Western Australia, Volumes I and II
Peter Bindon, WA Museum, File 1527/1972, Volume 2, page 290.