Bruce Rock, Western Australia

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Bruce Rock
Western Australia
DAZ 1901 entering Bruce Rock.JPG
A grain train entering Bruce Rock, 2013.
Bruce Rock is located in Western Australia
Bruce Rock
Bruce Rock
Coordinates 31°52′52″S 118°08′53″E / 31.881°S 118.148°E / -31.881; 118.148Coordinates: 31°52′52″S 118°08′53″E / 31.881°S 118.148°E / -31.881; 118.148
Population 513 (2006)[1]
Established 1913
Postcode(s) 6418
Elevation 276 m (906 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Bruce Rock
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) O'Connor
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.0 °C
77 °F
10.5 °C
51 °F
329.5 mm
13 in

Bruce Rock is a town in the Eastern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, approximately 243 kilometres (151 mi) east of Perth and 48 kilometres (30 mi) southwest of Merredin. It is the main town in the Shire of Bruce Rock.

Originally known as Nunagin or Noonegin the name of the town lead to confusion between other towns such as Narrogin and Nungarin. The name was changed to Bruce Rock after the large granite feature located close to the town. The townsite was gazetted in 1913.[2]

The rock was named after sandalwood cutter, John Rufus Bruce, who worked in the area in 1879.

The heritage listed shire office building was opened in January 1929.[3]

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.[4]

The town won the tidy town award for the wheatbelt in 2003 following a push to rejuvenate older buildings, installing landscaping and the completion of an amphitheatre. A waste transfer station was also upgraded.[5]

Economically the area depends on cropping of cereals, primarily wheat, but also barley, lupins and peas. Livestock such as sheep, goats and pigs are also raised in the area.[6] The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bruce Rock (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Shire of Bruce Rock". 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bruce Rock wins wheatbelt Tidy Towns honour". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Western Australian Destinations - Bruce rock". 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  7. ^ "CBH receival sites". 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 

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