Moorumbine, Western Australia

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Moorumbine
Western Australia
Moorumbine is located in Western Australia
Moorumbine
Moorumbine
Coordinates 32°31′01″S 117°10′01″E / 32.517°S 117.167°E / -32.517; 117.167Coordinates: 32°31′01″S 117°10′01″E / 32.517°S 117.167°E / -32.517; 117.167
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Pingelly
State electorate(s) Wagin
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Moorumbine, also spelt Mourambine, is a small town located between Brookton and Pingelly in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

The area was first settled as a small agricultural community in the 1870s with an Anglican church, Saint Patricks, being built in 1873 at the expense of the local parishioners who raised the £77 required.[1] The town was gazetted in 1884,[2] which was prior to the planning and construction of the Great Southern Railway between Albany and Beverley. The railway passed 7 kilometres (4 mi) to the west of the town where the town of Pingelly now stands. This, in turn, led to the town becoming no longer needed and the population declined. The name Moorumbine is Aboriginal in origin but its meaning is unknown.

By early 1898 the population of the town was 161, 81 males and 80 females.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Patrick's Church Mourambine". Western Mail (Perth: National Library of Australia). 10 July 1886. p. 28. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Population of Western Australia". Western Mail (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 22 April 1898. p. 23. Retrieved 6 April 2013.