Wonnerup, Western Australia

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Wonnerup
Western Australia
C1701, Wonnerup, 1987.JPG
The last passenger train to Busselton passes through Wonnerup, January 1987.
Wonnerup is located in Western Australia
Wonnerup
Wonnerup
Coordinates 33°37′S 115°24′E / 33.62°S 115.4°E / -33.62; 115.4Coordinates: 33°37′S 115°24′E / 33.62°S 115.4°E / -33.62; 115.4
Population 374 (2006 Census)[1]
Established 1856
Postcode(s) 6280
Elevation 94 m (308 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Busselton
State electorate(s) Vasse
Federal Division(s) Forrest

The townsite of Wonnerup is located 219 kilometres (136 mi) south of Perth and 10 kilometres (6 mi) east of Busselton. It was gazetted a townsite in 1856,[2] deriving its name from the nearby Wonnerup Inlet.

The name is Aboriginal, having been shown on maps of the region since 1839. The meaning of the name is "place of the woman's digging or fighting stick"; the Noongar word for fighting stick is wonna, while the suffix -up denotes place of. The wonna was made from the peppermint tree, Agonis flexuosa, a coastal native found only in the south-west, and was a common trade item of the Noongar people.[3]

Wonnerup was on the Bunbury to Busselton railway line, it was the point where the Nannup Branch Railway started on its route to Nannup after 1909. Before that it was part of the earlier 1879 railway and the 1898-1903 W.A. Timber Company railway line.

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wonnerup (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of names". Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Water Authority - Aboriginal social water requirements for the Southern Blackwood Plateau". 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 

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