Regans Ford, Western Australia

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Regans Ford
Western Australia
Regans Ford is located in Western Australia
Regans Ford
Regans Ford
Coordinates 30°57′00″S 115°51′00″E / 30.95000°S 115.85000°E / -30.95000; 115.85000Coordinates: 30°57′00″S 115°51′00″E / 30.95000°S 115.85000°E / -30.95000; 115.85000
Postcode(s) 6507
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Dandaragan
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack

Regans Ford is a small town[1] located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, about 110 kilometres (70 mi) north of Perth in the Shire of Dandaragan.

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[2]

History[edit]

The town is named after a ford over the Moore River, which has appeared on maps since at least 1880. The ford was in turn named after Edward Regan, a shepherd in the area in the 1860s, who acquired land near the ford in the 1870s. According to some sources, Regan was contracted to build the crossing with Aboriginal labour.[3]

In 1880, the land adjacent to the ford was reserved as a watering place for travellers and stock. In 1968, during planning for a new road from Gingin to Eneabba, it was suggested that the land be used as a townsite.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regans Ford". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Shire of Dandaragan". Retrieved 17 April 2007. 
  4. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 17 April 2007.