Dwellingup, Western Australia
|Population||383 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||267 m (876 ft)|
|Location||97 km (60 mi) S of Perth|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Murray|
Townsite lots were surveyed at this place by Surveyor W.F. Rudall in 1909 after the Lands Department became aware that the site was planned as the terminus of the "Pinjarra-Marrinup Railway". Names suggested for the place by Rudall were "Dwellingerup" or "Marrinup", after nearby brooks, or "McLarty" after a local MLA who had been very active concerning the railway. Surveyor General H.F. Johnston chose "Dwellingupp" after being misinformed regarding the spelling of Dwellingerup Brook. Ignoring a suggestion from the Under Secretary to amend the name to "Dwellingdown", the Minister for Lands approved the name as "Dwellingup" in December 1909. Eventually, the spelling "Dwellingupp" was chosen by order of the Under Secretary for Lands, and the townsite was gazetted as Dwellingupp in February 1910. The spelling was amended to Dwellingup in 1915. Dwellingup is an Aboriginal name said to mean "place of nearby water".
In arguably Western Australia's worst bushfire, many small surrounding communities in the area were destroyed including 132 houses in Dwellingup itself in the fires of 1961. There were no fatalities, but 800 people were left homeless. The town was rebuilt.
Dwellingup experienced serious bushfires again over the week starting on 3 February 2007. Sixteen houses were destroyed and thousand of hectares of private property and forest were burnt. There was no loss of life.
Dwellingup is also home to Nanga Bush Camp, a popular camp for senior primary schools and high schools. Some of the activities at Nanga Bush Camp include water rafting, night watching, a swimming area and bush tracks.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "2011 Census Quickstats: Dwellingup". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
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- "Fire recovery work continues in Dwellingup". ABC News. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- "WA blaze contained but crews still busy". ABC News. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- "Nanga Bush Camp Website". Western Australia. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- "Hotham Valley Railway Website". Western Australia. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2007-06-08.
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