Dangin, Western Australia
|Population||283 (2006 census)|
|Elevation||259 m (850 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Quairading|
|State electorate(s)||Central Wheatbelt|
Dangin is a small town in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia. It is located about 7 kilometres south-west of Quairading, in the Shire of Quairading. At the 2006 census, Dangin had a population of 283.
Dangin is named after the nearby Dangin Spring, which is in turn thought to be an Australian Aboriginal place name meaning "place where the Djanja grows", "Djanja" being a species of Hakea that grows in the vicinity. The name is recorded for 1863 as the name of the farm of Edward Read Parker, son of the first settler in the region. Around 1900, Edward's son Jonah, into whose hands the land had passed, began subdividing the property, forming a townsite of sorts, albeit on private land. In 1902 the town was formally gazetted, but even then it was surrounded by Parker land, and the only access to the town was through a gate. Six years later, Quairading had been established, gazetted, and connected by rail, and thereafter Quairading rapidly took over from Dangin as the main regional centre. It is believed that Dangin was the original town in the area, but the original settlers didn't want to have a hotel in the town. a group decided to move further east to build a pub and a new settlement so the township of Quairading appeared and has grown into a moderate wheatbelt centre while Dangin these days, has only a handful of houses left.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Dangin (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- "Dangin". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2009-07-29.
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