Located in the western central Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, Beverley is a vibrant rural community with a population of 1600 located on the banks of the famous Avon River less than 140km southwest of Perth. The Shire is home of a highly productive broad acre farming industry with a smaller diversified agricultural base, such as perennial horticulture. First settled by Europeans in the second half of the 19th Century, Beverley has a long and proud history prevails today as one of only a few rural communities in the state that is growing.
The Beverley Railway Station in Vincent Street, was first opened on 5 August, 1886 and for many years Beverley was the terminus for the trains from Perth. Passengers arriving in Albany by ship would travel by coach to Beverley, completing the journey to Perth by rail. The last passenger service ran in about 1975 but the station continued as a freight depot for many years.
Town attractions include the Aeronautical Museum, which houses the silver Centenary, a bi-plane built from a design in a magazine in the local powerhouse between 1928 and 1930 by local men Selby Ford and Tom Shackles, and the ‘Dead Finish Museum’, open from March to November, which houses memorabilia and items of historic interest ranging from wooden cotton wheels to washing boards.