A project from the National Trust of WA
A self-guided drive trail between the Perth Hills and Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields. Go with the Flow. Follow the water to discover more about the audacious goldfields water supply scheme and Engineer CY O’Connor.
“Future generations, I am quite certain will think of us and bless us for our far seeing patriotism, and it will be said of us, as Isaiah said of old, ‘They made a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert”
As unbelievable as it may seem, at the height of World War ll an army hospital was based not near the fighting but at the base of a granite outcrop in WA’s Wheatbelt. Water was one of the reasons.
You can drive or walk around the site to read signs that reveal its history and how it was laid out with nurses’ quarters, a surgery and wards. If it’s a cold winter’s morning you might even appreciate this nurse’s memory:
Sponging the patients was very tortuous for them, so speed was the kindest way to save them from freezing.
For about eight months in the middle of World War II the 2/1 Army General Hospital was stationed not at the battlefront, not even close to the battlefront, but at Merredin, about as far away from the scene of fighting as it is possible to imagine.
The unit was formed at the outbreak of war with orders to have a 600 bed hospital ready to embark for Gaza in the Middle East on the first convoy in January 1940. When Australia came under attack from the Japanese in 1942 and invasion seemed imminent, the unit was immediately returned home.
Click on any map section or place below to discover The Golden Pipeline.