Ardath, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Ardath Hotel, 2018 (02).jpg
Ardath Hotel, 2018
Ardath is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 32°01′52″S 118°05′38″E / 32.03111°S 118.09389°E / -32.03111; 118.09389Coordinates: 32°01′52″S 118°05′38″E / 32.03111°S 118.09389°E / -32.03111; 118.09389
Population 25 (2014)[1]
Established 1914
Postcode(s) 6419
Elevation 219 m (719 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Bruce Rock
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Ardath is a small town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of the town of Bruce Rock.

It was built to serve the Corrigin to Bruce Rock railway, and originally named Kerkenin in April 1914. However, confusion with Kukerin saw its name changed to Ardath, after the name of a prophet in the apocryphal 2 Esdras.[2]

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[3]

In 1932 the Wheat Pool of Western Australia announced that the town would have two grain elevators, each fitted with an engine, installed at the railway siding.[4]

A bulk wheat bin was built in the town in and opened in December 1940. The total delivery for the first season was 203, 648 bushels with 242 tons being received on a single day.[5]

Military history[edit]

During World War II Ardath was the location of No. 9 Advanced Ammunition sub depot developed in 1942 and manned by 16 Ordnance Ammunition Section. It was closed in 1945.[6]


  1. ^ "Ardath". WAnowandthen. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – A". Retrieved 25 March 2007.
  3. ^ "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Seasonal conditions". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 16 January 1940. p. 5. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  6. ^ McKenzie-Smith, G (1994), The ebb and flow of the Australian Army in Western Australia, 1941 to 1945, Grimwade Publications, ISBN 978-0-646-17768-7

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