Kelmscott, Western Australia

Kelmscott is a southeastern suburb of Perth, Western Australia in the local government area of the City of Armadale. It is 23 kilometres (14 mi) southeast of Perth along the Albany Highway.

PerthWestern Australia
Transperth Kelmscott Station.jpg
Kelmscott railway station
Coordinates32°07′08″S 116°01′34″E / 32.119°S 116.026°E / -32.119; 116.026Coordinates: 32°07′08″S 116°01′34″E / 32.119°S 116.026°E / -32.119; 116.026
Population10,462 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density702.1/km2 (1,819/sq mi)
Area14.9 km2 (5.8 sq mi)
LGA(s)City of Armadale
State electorate(s)Armadale
Federal division(s)Burt
Suburbs around Kelmscott:
Champion Lakes Martin Martin
Camillo Kelmscott Roleystone
Seville Grove Armadale Mount Nasura
Bridge below the school, Kelmscott, Western Australia, 23 March 1928

Kelmscott was one of four initial townsites established in the Swan River Colony. It was named after Kelmscott, Oxfordshire, the birthplace of the first Anglican clergyman in the colony, Thomas Hobbes Scott (1783–1860).[2]

The suburb of Kelmscott is bisected by the Canning River. On the western side of the river is the flat coastal plain upon which most of Perth is situated. This area includes the Stargate Kelmscott and Kelmscott Village shopping areas along Albany Highway, the light industrial area, the Kelmscott Senior High School and a residential area. To the east, the suburb rises into the western Darling Scarp.

Kelmscott celebrated its 175th anniversary on 9 October 2005. The highlight of the celebrations was the running of the Hotham Valley Railway steam locomotive Pm706 from Perth railway station to Kelmscott station, with stops at Cannington, Gosnells, then Armadale station. This was the first running of steam "under the wires" on the Transperth network for some time. The event was specially arranged by the Public Transport Authority, whose Minister is also the member of parliament for the local electorate.

Kelmscott is home of the first Red Rooster restaurant, as well as Australia's busiest drive-through KFC service.


  • Kelmscott Primary School (1882) - one of the first primary schools established in Western Australia.
  • Kelmscott Senior High School (1973) years 7–12.[3]
  • Clifton Hills Primary School (1972)
  • Sowilo Community High School (2000) - independent school for young people at educational risk

Annual eventsEdit

  • The Kelmscott Show, run by the Kelmscott Agricultural Society, has been held annually since 1897 (with the exception of the years 1930-1938 and 2020 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic).[4]

Bushfire 2011Edit

On 6 February 2011, a declared total fire ban day, a bushfire occurred on private property adjacent to the Brookton Highway in the Roleystone / Kelmscott area. A total of 72 homes were destroyed and 37 homes damaged. This is the single biggest house loss in Western Australia to a single bushfire event. Some loyal Kelmscott residents managed to return to their homes in the fire zone, as described by Premier Colin Barnett, and could be seen on their balconies giving hope to fellow residents that their properties were safe.[5][6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kelmscott (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 March 2020.  
  2. ^
  3. ^ damage in 1992.
  4. ^ "Kelmscott Show - About The Society". Kelmscott Show. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  5. ^ Smith, Ralph (10 November 2011). "Final Report on "Investigation of the House Losses in the Roleystone/Kelmscott Bushfire 6 February 2011"" (PDF). Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  6. ^ until the Waroona fire of 2016

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kelmscott, Western Australia at Wikimedia Commons