The name originally proposed for this suburb by the Shire of Wanneroo was 'Hester' after one of the first land owners in the vicinity. This was approved in 1980, but the name was opposed by Australia Post on account of duplication. Because of this the Shire of Wanneroo proposed the name Merriwa (an Aboriginal word for 'a good place'). The name was approved in 1980.
Life in Merriwa
Merriwa is a coastal, northern suburb of Perth and is part of the City of Wanneroo. It is predominantly a residential suburb containing two RAAF retirement villages, a small shopping centre called the Merriwa Plaza and six large parks scattered throughout Merriwa. The suburb contains one primary school, Merriwa Primary School. Located on the same campus is Merriwa Education Support Centre, specialising in education for intellectually disabled children.