Erikin, Western Australia

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Erikin
Western Australia
Erikin is located in Western Australia
Erikin
Erikin
Coordinates 31°55′59″S 117°52′59″E / 31.933°S 117.883°E / -31.933; 117.883Coordinates: 31°55′59″S 117°52′59″E / 31.933°S 117.883°E / -31.933; 117.883
Established 1921
Postcode(s) 6418
Elevation 243 m (797 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Bruce Rock
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Erikin is a small town located in the Eastern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. It is located close to the Salt River and between the towns of Quairading and Bruce Rock.

Originating as a railway siding that was established in 1913 during the construction of the Bruce Rock to Quairading railway line, the surrounding land was soon in demand. Lots were surveyed and the townsite was gazetted in 1921.[1]

The town was named after the son of an early settler who was the first person of European descent to be born in the district, Eric Harvey. The second part of the name is short for Inn, or camping place, and was suggested by the child's mother in 1913.

The railway was expanded in 1914 with a new crane being constructed, the siding expanded and barracks provided. A school was operating in the town in 1914.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Locality". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 25 August 1914. p. 9. Retrieved 21 April 2011.