Kellerberrin, Western Australia
|Population||868 (2011 Census)|
|Elevation||254 m (833 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Kellerberrin|
|State electorate(s)||Central Wheatbelt|
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.
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.
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. The hall is now used as a folk museum.
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.
Kellerberrin is the birthplace of:
- Jessie Pengilly (1918-1945) - world record holding road and track cyclist
- Byron Pickett - Australian rules footballer acknowledged as one of the finest Aboriginal players in the history of the game, played for Port Adelaide (SAFL), North Melbourne, Port Adelaide (AFL) and Melbourne. Won 2004 Norm Smith Medal.
- Peter Walsh - Australian Senator, served as Minister for Resources and Energy and Finance Minister
- Nicky Winmar - Australian rules footballer, played for South Fremantle, St Kilda and Western Bulldogs.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kellerberrin (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
- "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.
- "Kellerberrin, Australia". Australia Travel Guides. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
- "Country elevators". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "CBH receival sites". 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2007-06-08.
|Preceding station||Transwa Trains network||Following station|
towards East Perth
East Perth - Merredin