Wagin, Western Australia

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Wagin
Western Australia
Wagin Giant Ram, Western Australia.jpg
Giant Ram at Wagin (see Australia's Big Things)
Wagin is located in Western Australia
Wagin
Wagin
Coordinates 33°19′00″S 117°21′00″E / 33.31667°S 117.35000°E / -33.31667; 117.35000Coordinates: 33°19′00″S 117°21′00″E / 33.31667°S 117.35000°E / -33.31667; 117.35000
Population 1,427 (2006)[1]
Established 1890s
Postcode(s) 6315
Elevation 303 m (994 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Wagin
State electorate(s) Wagin
Federal Division(s) O'Connor
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
22.8 °C
73 °F
9.7 °C
49 °F
436.1 mm
17.2 in

Wagin is a town and shire in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, approximately 225 km south-east of Perth on the Great Southern Highway between Narrogin and Katanning. It is also on State Route 107. The main industries are wheat and sheep farming.

History[edit]

The name of the town is derived from Wagin Lake, a usually dry salt lake south of the town. The name is Aboriginal, having been first recorded for the lake by a surveyor in 1869-72. There is uncertainty about the actual meaning of 'Wagin' but it is likely that it either means 'the place where emus watered' or is a variation of 'wedge-an' an Aboriginal word for 'emu'.

The first European explorer through the area was John Septimus Roe, the Surveyor General of Western Australia in 1835 en route to Albany from Perth. Between 1835 and 1889 a few settlers eked a simple living by cutting sandalwood and shepherding small flocks of sheep. Land was granted to pastoralists in the Wagin area from the late 1870s onwards.

The town itself came into existence after the construction of the Great Southern Railway which was completed in 1889 with the town originally called Wagin Lake.[2] The local Agricultural Hall was built by 1896 and opened December 1 the same year.[3] In 1898 Wagin was proclaimed a town with the word Lake dropped.[4] A further railway connection with the Collie to Narrogin line at Bowelling was made on 10 December 1918.[5]

In early 1898 the population of the town was 175, 125 males and 50 females.[6]

In 1934 the town was extensively flooded after the area experienced 5.4 inches (137 mm) of rainfall in a short period of time, the heavist for 20 years. Water over a foot deep flowed through the Town Hall and along business premises and dwellings along Tudor Street. The railways yards were flooded and the railway dam burst under the water pressure.[7]

Present day[edit]

Wagin is one of the largest towns in the Southern Wheatbelt region, and annually hosts the Woolorama, one of Western Australia's largest Agricultural Shows. The event held in March regularly attracts over 30,000 visitors.

Notable residents[edit]

Two sets of three well-known brothers played league football after leaving Wagin: Murray, Harry and Phil Riseborough;[8] and Peter, Phil and Wally Matera.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Wagin, Western Australia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 43.7
(110.7)
43.0
(109.4)
40.5
(104.9)
37.1
(98.8)
33.2
(91.8)
24.2
(75.6)
22.7
(72.9)
26.2
(79.2)
31.8
(89.2)
35.9
(96.6)
40.4
(104.7)
43.7
(110.7)
43.7
(110.7)
Average high °C (°F) 31.0
(87.8)
30.3
(86.5)
27.7
(81.9)
19.5
(67.1)
16.3
(61.3)
15.3
(59.5)
16.0
(60.8)
18.1
(64.6)
21.8
(71.2)
25.6
(78.1)
29.2
(84.6)
22.9
(73.2)
22.81
(73.05)
Average low °C (°F) 14.5
(58.1)
14.9
(58.8)
13.4
(56.1)
10.6
(51.1)
7.9
(46.2)
6.2
(43.2)
5.5
(41.9)
5.6
(42.1)
6.1
(43)
7.8
(46)
10.6
(51.1)
13.0
(55.4)
9.67
(49.42)
Record low °C (°F) 1.4
(34.5)
0.6
(33.1)
−2.3
(27.9)
−3.4
(25.9)
−4.1
(24.6)
−4.7
(23.5)
−5.0
(23)
−5.6
(21.9)
−4.0
(24.8)
−3.4
(25.9)
−2.3
(27.9)
−0.3
(31.5)
−5.6
(21.9)
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wagin (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Wagin - Railway Crossroads in the Wheat Belt", Milne, Rod Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, October, 1991 pp 231-237
  3. ^ "Wagin notes". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 28 November 1896. p. 11. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2007-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Cross Country to Wagin", Milne, Rod Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, September, 1991 pp 207-214
  6. ^ "Population of Western Australia". Western Mail (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 22 April 1898. p. 23. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Wagin suffers". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 10 March 1934. p. 18. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Suth Fremantle League Players 1900 - 2009". South Fremantle Football Club. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Climate statistics for Wagin". Australian Bureau of Meteorology. 

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