History

The District of Williams was first explored in 1831 by Captain  Bannister en route from Perth to King George III Sound  (Albany). Williams has been a convenient stopping place for  travellers on the same route since the 1850’s.

With the tendering of a reliable mail service around 1853, the  road was upgraded and Williams became an important stop over  point for passengers and changing of horses. It subsequently  developed as the District Centre for Local Government, which was  granted in 1877.

The small town was subject to increasing floods due to the  clearing of the land for intensive farming, therefore the town  was relocated to the Perth side of the bridge. The town site was  surveyed in 1905 and most of the buildings in the present town  site were constructed after that time. Williams is still reliant  on wool and coarse grains and caters for about 2,500 vehicles per  day. The population has stabilised in the district to around  1,000 with about 400 in the town.

Heritage Trail Brochure

The Williams Heritage Trail was established in 1988 as a Bicentennial Project. For the complete brochure on the trail, click here.

‘The Williams’

Council also has for sale copies of the book ‘The  Williams’ by Hurtle G. Cowin, a history of the growth of  the Williams District. These have recently been re-printed and are available now for $15.00 at the Council  Office.

Municipal Heritage  Inventory

Council’s Municipal Heritage Inventory can be viewed at the  Council Office Monday – Friday. It includes some 285  listings from the Williams area.