Beacon, Western Australia
|Population||184 (2006 Census)|
|Elevation||373 m (1,224 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Mount Marshall|
|State electorate(s)||Central Wheatbelt|
It is on the northeast border of the Wheatbelt region with agriculture being one of the major occupations in the area. The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.
The first European to explore the area was John Septimus Roe in 1836.
In 1889 the surveyor H King explored and charted the region and shortly afterward land was opened up for agriculture around Bencubbin.
More surveyors went to work in 1921 making 1,000 acres (405 ha) blocks and the earliest settlers in Beacon acquired farmland in 1922.
The town is named after a local geographical feature called Beacon Rock, the name of the town, in 1929, was supposed to be Beacon Rock. The rock part of the name was dropped some time later and the townsite of Beacon was gazetted in 1931.
Beacon was connected to the narrow gauge railway system on 27 April 1931.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Beacon (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
- "CBH receival sites". 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
- "Beacon, Western Australia". 2008. Archived from the original on 29 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2008-09-20.
- Milne, Rod (1999) Rails through the Wodjil Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, January, 1999 pp3-9
- "Country elevators". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
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