Port Denison, Western Australia

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Port Denison
Western Australia
Port Denison is located in Western Australia
Port Denison
Port Denison
Coordinates 29°17′00″S 114°55′00″E / 29.28333°S 114.91667°E / -29.28333; 114.91667Coordinates: 29°17′00″S 114°55′00″E / 29.28333°S 114.91667°E / -29.28333; 114.91667
Population 1,215 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1867
Postcode(s) 6525
Elevation 10 m (33 ft)
Location
  • 4 km (2 mi) SSW of Dongara
  • 365 km (227 mi) NNW of Perth
LGA(s) Shire of Irwin
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack

Port Denison is a crayfishing town of 3000 residents in the Mid West region of Western Australia. Its local government area is the Shire of Irwin and it is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southwest of Dongara on the Indian Ocean coast.

History[edit]

Port Denison was initially known as Irwin Port in 1866 due to its position near the mouth of the Irwin River. However, when it was officially named and gazetted in 1867, it was renamed in honour of Sir William Denison, a former Governor of Tasmania who in 1851 had visited Western Australia in connection with transportation of convicts.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Port Denison (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of names". Retrieved 29 December 2009.