Harrismith, Western Australia

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Harrismith
Western Australia
Harrismith is located in Western Australia
Harrismith
Harrismith
Coordinates 32°56′02″S 117°53′02″E / 32.934°S 117.884°E / -32.934; 117.884Coordinates: 32°56′02″S 117°53′02″E / 32.934°S 117.884°E / -32.934; 117.884
Established 1914
Postcode(s) 6361
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Wickepin
State electorate(s) Wagin
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Harrismith is a small town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, approximately 260 kilometres (162 mi) south-east of Perth between the towns of Wickepin and Kulin.

History[edit]

When a railway was being constructed from Narrogin to Kondinin in 1914, the government placed a siding at this location, naming it "South Dorakin". However, local settlers opposed the name, and suggested Harrismith, after Harry Smith, the first settler in the vicinity. The name change was approved and the town was gazetted in 1915.[1]

Present day[edit]

The town has a small hotel and caravan park as well as sports facilities. Other services are offered from nearby Tincurrin. The area around Harrismith is home to wildflowers in spring, especially verticordia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2007-01-17.