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Boya, Western Australia

Boya is a locality on the Darling Scarp, in the Shire of Mundaring, Western Australia. On the south side of Greenmount Hill, and just west of Darlington.

PerthWestern Australia
Boya is located in Perth
Coordinates31°54′50″S 116°03′22″E / 31.914°S 116.056°E / -31.914; 116.056Coordinates: 31°54′50″S 116°03′22″E / 31.914°S 116.056°E / -31.914; 116.056
Population614 (2006 census)[1]
LGA(s)Shire of Mundaring
State electorate(s)Midland
Federal Division(s)Hasluck
Suburbs around Boya:
Koongamia Greenmount Greenmount
Helena Valley Boya Darlington
Helena Valley Helena Valley Darlington
Boya from the south, Mountain Quarry and Greenmount Hill behind

The name of Boya was not a local Aboriginal word, but was imposed by government officials in the early twentieth century.



It was crucial as a site of quarries. The Mountain Quarry and the Government Quarry were both important blue stone quarries in their time.[2]

The harbour and moles at Fremantle were built using stone from the Government quarry.

The Government Quarry (on the south eastern part of the locality) was variously named during its time of operation as Mr O'Connor's quarry, the Fremantle Harbour Works Darlington Quarry,[3] the Public Works Quarry, the Government Quarry, and, currently, as Hudman Road Quarry.

Being at the edge of the Greenmount National Park and the Hudman Road Quarry, Boya has been subject to serious threatening bushfires spreading from these locations in recent years.

In the history of the early Eastern Railway, which passed through Boya, Boya was the location of 'Cape Horn' a notorious curve at the 22 miles mark, where runaway trains derailed a number of times.[4]

The community has a rich architectural variety of houses due to the challenge of steep and rocky blocks.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Boya (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
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  3. ^ "FREMANTLE HARBOUR WORKS". Western Mail. Perth: National Library of Australia. 6 December 1902. p. 49. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  4. ^ "SERIOUS RAILWAY ACCIDENT". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 27 April 1894. p. 3. Retrieved 17 June 2012.


  • Elliot, Ian Mundaring – A History of the Shire. 1983 ISBN 0-9592776-0-9
  • Spillman, Ken Life was meant to be here: community and local government in the Shire of Mundaring. 2003 ISBN 0-9592776-3-3
  • Watson, Lindsay The railway history of Midland Junction. 1995 ISBN 0-646-24461-2

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