Bencubbin, Western Australia

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Western Australia
2011-04-02 1418 Bencubbin Hotel.jpg
Bencubbin Hotel
Bencubbin is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 30°48′40″S 117°51′43″E / 30.811°S 117.862°E / -30.811; 117.862Coordinates: 30°48′40″S 117°51′43″E / 30.811°S 117.862°E / -30.811; 117.862
Population 160 (2006 Census)[1]
Established 1917
Postcode(s) 6477
Elevation 364 m (1,194 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Mount Marshall
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) Durack

Bencubbin is a town in Western Australia in the North Eastern Wheatbelt, 275 km north-east of Perth. The town lies within the Shire of Mount Marshall and is home to approximately 200 people. Surveyor General John Septimus Roe first surveyed the region in 1836 and he was followed by sandalwood cutters and stockmen, but it was not until 1908 that the first permanent settlers arrived.

The name ‘Bencubbin’ comes from the Aboriginal word for 'place of the snakes' and is now applied to the rock to the north of the town. The aboriginal word is generally spelt 'Gnylbencubbing' and is not the rock known as Mount Marshall. Mount Marshall is south-east of Bencubbin, whereas the rock known as Gnylbencubbing is at the northern edge of the township. Mount Marshall is named after Captain Marshall MacDermott, who was the first manager of the Western Australian branch of the Bank of Australasia. These two rocks and Wiacubbing Hill are three of the largest outcrops around Bencubbin.

The name was suggested for the railway station at terminus of the Wyalkatchem to Mount Marshall railway line, by J Hope, the Chief Draftsman, in 1913. The townsite was gazetted later in 1917.[2] The first Bencubbin police station was founded in 1923.

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.[3]

The town supermarket was destroyed by a fire in 2006 which started early in the morning. The fire was brought under control in two hours causing no injuries and causing over A$100,000.[4]

The Police Station manned by two officers saw them mobilise and assist to keep the town running. A makeshift store was set up to provide valuable supplies to the community

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[5]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bencubbin (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – B". Retrieved 28 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fire destroys Bencubbin supermarket". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011.