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A plaque commemorates Edward Timothy Hooley`s contribution to Western Australia.

Edward Timothy Hooley (1842 – 3 August 1903), usually known as E. T. Hooley was an explorer in Western Australia, who in 1866 pioneered an overland stock route from Geraldton to the Ashburton River. He entered politics in later life, serving nearly three years as a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council, then nearly six years in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly.

Possibly the first major service infrastructure in the Pilbara were the wells built by E.T. Hooley as he pioneered the De Grey - Mullewa stock route in 1866. Leaving the Geraldine mine in May 1866, he followed F. T. Gregory`s track of 1858 with seven men, including two Aboriginal prisoners and two teams of horses, and for the first week, Dr Bompas, who accompanied them as naturalist. The party proceeded along the Murchison to the Gascoyne, then struck north past the Lyons and Henry Rivers. Hooley named Gregory`s Spring and Mount Roe and arrived at Nickol Bay after a journey of three months and a loss of only eight sheep. Appreciative settlers presented him with a fine gold watch.


Address:William Street & Mounts Bay Road, The Elms, Perth, 6000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.955911
Long: 115.855641
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 14th December, 1964
Front Inscription

This plaque was unveiled by the Premier of Western Australia the Hon. David Brand, M.L.A.

December 14th 1964

To commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the arrival in W.A. of Edward Timothy Hooley J.P., M.L.C., M.L.A.

1842 1903

Pioneer, explorer, pastoralist, legislator, author, director and sportsman.  He opened the land route to the north west.

"Through many disasters - he beat a path for us"

The three adjacent Elm trees were planted in his garden about 1890 when Manager of Dalgety & Co. Ltd.

Erected by

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society
The Tree Society of Western Australia
Dalgety & New Zealand Loan Ltd.

Source: MA, ADB
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