Jardee is a small town in the South West region of Western Australia. It is situated along the South Western Highway between Manjimup and Pemberton.

It was originally a railway siding named Jardanup, which had been established in 1912 during the construction of the Bridgetown to Wilgarup railway line. Jardanup was the terminus built to service the No. 1 state saw mill, also built in 1912.

In 1920 the railway line spread during the visit of Edward Prince of Wales, (the future King Edward VIII) derailing the royal train.[2] In most reports the location was identified as "ten miles from Bridgetown".[3]

The name of the town was changed to Jardee in 1925 as it was often confused with Dardanup, and the town was gazetted in 1927.[4]

The name is a portmanteau of the Aboriginal word for the area Jardanup and the name of a historic property in the area, Deeside.

References

  1. ^ Jardee Australian Bureau of Statistics
  2. ^ "The Prince's Railway Accident". The Narracoorte Herald. XXXXV (4, 589). South Australia. 13 July 1920. p. 3. Retrieved 8 October 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "THE PRINCE OF WALES". Western Star And Roma Advertiser (5248). Queensland, Australia. 7 July 1920. p. 2. Retrieved 8 October 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – J". Retrieved 25 March 2011.