Babakin, Western Australia

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Babakin
Western Australia
Babakin 2005 12 09.jpg
Main (only?) street.
Babakin is located in Western Australia
Babakin
Babakin
Coordinates 32°07′12″S 118°01′26″E / 32.12°S 118.024°E / -32.12; 118.024Coordinates: 32°07′12″S 118°01′26″E / 32.12°S 118.024°E / -32.12; 118.024
Population 25 (?)[citation needed]
Established 1914
Postcode(s) 6428
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Bruce Rock
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Babakin is a small town located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia between the towns of Bruce Rock and Corrigin. It has a population of approximately 25 people, and provides the local farming community with a school, shop, hall and sporting facilities.

Babakin was a pastoral lease from 1873 to 1914 at this location, first taken up by C. Heal (Jnr). The name stems from a Noongar term for the dingo.

In 1932 the Wheat Pool of Western Australia announced that the town would have two grain elevators, each fitted with an engine, installed at the railway siding.[1]

The area is an inhabitant area for a very rare plant species, the Western Underground Orchid (Rhizanthella gardneri).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  • Higham, Geoffrey Where was That? an historical gazetteer of Western Australia. Geoproject Solutions, Winthrop, W.A: ISBN 0-646-44186-8.
  • Lovell, Avon. Bruce Rock : a revised history Bruce Rock, W.A: Bruce Rock Shire Council, 1993. ISBN 0-646-05844-4.
    • A rare and beautiful thing. Feature on Rhizanthella gardneri - in Lovell, p. 167-174.