Wickepin, Western Australia
Wickepin station with grain train, 2013.
|Population||244 (2006 Census)|
|Elevation||337 m (1,106 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Wickepin|
Wickepin is a town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 214 kilometres (133 mi) south-east of Perth and 38 kilometres (24 mi) east of Narrogin. At the 2006 census, Wickepin had a population of 244.
Wickepin's name is of Aboriginal origin, was first recorded in 1881, but the meaning is not known. Until 1908, the area was sometimes known as Yarling, the name of a spring in the area (Yarling Well is 8 km west of the town). The area was leased in the early 1870s, but started to grow after the construction of the Great Southern Railway in 1889. The land was opened up by the State Government in 1893, and by 1906 a town had started to develop.
In 1908, plans were announced to extend the railway from Narrogin to Wickepin, and the town was gazetted in June of that year. Seven months later, the Road Board (later Shire Council) was constituted and the railway commenced operations. In the years prior to the First World War Wickepin was an important service centre, featuring three banks, blacksmiths and other businesses as well as a post office and railway buildings.
Wickepin is a service town for the surrounding agricultural district, and contains recreational facilities, historic buildings from its boom period in the 1910s-1920s, a telecentre, public library and caravan park. Albert Facey's house was moved to the main street of Wickepin in 2000 and is open to visitors. Wickepin has a primary school, first opened in 1911, with high school students travelling by school bus to Narrogin.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wickepin (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2007-03-25.
- Shire of Wickepin. "History of Wickepin". Retrieved 2007-03-25.
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