Kellerberrin, Western Australia

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Kellerberrin
Western Australia
Kellerberrin is located in Western Australia
Kellerberrin
Kellerberrin
Coordinates 31°38′S 117°43′E / 31.63°S 117.71°E / -31.63; 117.71Coordinates: 31°38′S 117°43′E / 31.63°S 117.71°E / -31.63; 117.71
Population 868 (2011 Census)[1]
Established 1901
Postcode(s) 6410
Elevation 254 m (833 ft)
Location
  • 205 km (127 mi) east of Perth
  • 55 km (34 mi) west of Merredin
  • 81 km (50 mi) south east of Dowerin
LGA(s) Shire of Kellerberrin
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) Durack

Kellerberrin is a town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 205 kilometres (127 mi) east of Perth on the Great Eastern Highway. The town serves as a stop on the Prospector and Avonlink rural train services.

History[edit]

Kellerberin grain receival point sign.jpg

Early settlers from 1890 to 1910 from Ireland settled in the area of Kellerberrin and Wittem. Their family name was English. A road was named after this family. The railway line from Northam to Southern Cross was constructed through here in 1893-94, and this section opened for traffic in 1895. Kellerberrin was one of the original stations when the line opened. By 1898 there was a demand for small blocks of land in the area, and the government surveyed a number of 20-acre lots the same year. The area was gazetted as Kellerberrin townsite in 1901, and the government soon made more land available for settlers.

In 1898 the Agricultural Hall was officially opened. It was built with granite walling and brick dressing with a jarrah and iron roof. The building is located on the north side of the railway line, adjoining the post office.[2] The hall is now used as a folk museum.[3]

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.[4]

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

Etymology[edit]

The name Kellerberrin is Aboriginal, and is derived from the name of a nearby hill. The hill was first recorded as "Killaburing Hill" by an explorer in 1861, but in 1864 the explorer Charles Hunt recorded it as Kellerberrin Hill. One source claims that Kellerberrin is the name for the fierce ants that are found in the area, while another gives it as meaning "camping place near where rainbow birds are found" - kalla means camping place or place of, and berrin berrin is the rainbow bird.[6]

Climate[edit]

Kellerberrin has a semi-arid climate with hot dry summers and slightly wet winters.

Climate data for Kellerberrin
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 46.5
(115.7)
47.5
(117.5)
44.4
(111.9)
39.2
(102.6)
34.3
(93.7)
27.0
(80.6)
24.9
(76.8)
31.0
(87.8)
34.5
(94.1)
39.4
(102.9)
43.1
(109.6)
46.3
(115.3)
47.5
(117.5)
Average high °C (°F) 34.0
(93.2)
33.3
(91.9)
30.2
(86.4)
25.7
(78.3)
20.8
(69.4)
17.5
(63.5)
16.4
(61.5)
17.6
(63.7)
20.7
(69.3)
24.7
(76.5)
28.9
(84)
32.0
(89.6)
25.1
(77.2)
Average low °C (°F) 16.9
(62.4)
16.9
(62.4)
15.1
(59.2)
11.7
(53.1)
8.3
(46.9)
6.8
(44.2)
5.6
(42.1)
5.4
(41.7)
6.4
(43.5)
8.8
(47.8)
12.3
(54.1)
15.0
(59)
10.8
(51.4)
Record low °C (°F) 7.2
(45)
6.1
(43)
2.1
(35.8)
1.1
(34)
−2.2
(28)
−5.2
(22.6)
−3.5
(25.7)
−2.5
(27.5)
−4.5
(23.9)
−1.5
(29.3)
0.5
(32.9)
4.1
(39.4)
−5.2
(22.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 13.4
(0.528)
14.4
(0.567)
20.4
(0.803)
21.1
(0.831)
42.0
(1.654)
53.6
(2.11)
51.6
(2.031)
41.0
(1.614)
26.4
(1.039)
18.2
(0.717)
12.4
(0.488)
13.4
(0.528)
327.5
(12.894)
Avg. precipitation days 2.0 2.3 3.2 4.6 8.3 11.5 12.7 11.0 8.2 5.5 3.3 2.4 75.0
 % humidity 27 30 34 42 50 60 62 57 48 35 30 26 42
Source: [7]

Notable people[edit]

Kellerberrin is the birthplace of:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kellerberrin (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  2. ^ "Opening of the Agricultural Hall, Kellerberrin". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 31 December 1898. p. 10. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kellerberrin, Australia". Australia Travel Guides. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "CBH receival sites". 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  7. ^ "Climate statistics for Kellerberrin". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
Preceding station   Transwa Trains network   Following station
towards East Perth
Avonlink
East Perth - Merredin
towards Merredin
Prospector
towards Kalgoorlie