Doodlakine, Western Australia

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Doodlakine
Western Australia
Doodlakine is located in Western Australia
Doodlakine
Doodlakine
Coordinates 31°37′S 117°53′E / 31.61°S 117.88°E / -31.61; 117.88Coordinates: 31°37′S 117°53′E / 31.61°S 117.88°E / -31.61; 117.88
Population 191 (2006 Census)[1]
Established 1891
Postcode(s) 6411
Elevation 263 m (863 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Kellerberrin
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) Durack

Doodlakine is a town 220 km (140 mi) east of Perth, Western Australia. It is within the Shire of Kellerberrin along the Great Eastern Highway. The town contains a crossing loop for trains on the Perth-to-Kalgoorlie railway and serves as a stop on the Avonlink rural train service.

The area was first visited by Europeans in 1864 when explorers came and charted the area. The word Doodlakine is Aboriginal word for a particular rock formation north of the townsite.

An area close to the townsite, along the road to the Yilgarn goldfields and near a reliable water supply, was set aside in 1891 for a town to be established. This was gazetted as the Doodlakine townsite in the same year. Later a railway line was constructed through the area about 3 km (1.9 mi) south of the town, and the government soon subdivided area along the line. This area was gazetted as a second part of the townsite in 1899.[2]

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.[3]

The town overflows with people each year during a music concert held at the pub. Hundreds of people come from around the state and camp behind the pub.[4]

Doodlakine is affectionately known by the locals as "Doodlie".[citation needed]

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Doodlakine (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  3. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wheatbelt Tourism - Doodlakine". 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  5. ^ "CBH receival sites". 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
Preceding station   Transwa Trains network   Following station
towards East Perth
Avonlink
East Perth - Merredin
towards Merredin