Calingiri, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Cavell Street, Calingiri, 2014(4).JPG
Cavell Street, Calingiri, 2014
Calingiri is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 31°05′17″S 116°27′11″E / 31.088°S 116.453°E / -31.088; 116.453Coordinates: 31°05′17″S 116°27′11″E / 31.088°S 116.453°E / -31.088; 116.453
Population 111 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1917
Postcode(s) 6569
Elevation 258 m (846 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Victoria Plains
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack

Calingiri is a town located north-east of Perth, near New Norcia in Western Australia. It is in the Shire of Victoria Plains.

The town derives its name from Calingiri Waterhole, the name of which was first recorded by a surveyor in 1903. The settlement was first proposed in 1914. By the time the town was gazetted in 1917 it was variously spelt as Calingtry, Kalingiri, The Washpool, Kalingary, Calingarra, Calingtry, Calingiry, Kalingiry and finally Calingiri.[2]

The main industry in town is wheat farming with the town being a Cooperative Bulk Handling grain receival site.[3]

The Calingiri earthquake, March 1970[edit]

The Calingiri earthquake of March 1970 was at the time one of only five known Australian recorded earthquakes to cause surface faulting. It was thought to be related to the Meckering earthquake (October 1968), but a direct connection was not made at the time.

Date of occurrence: 10 March 1970
Time: 17:15 GMT (03:15 Local Time)
Latitude: 31.11 South (+/- 10 km)
Longitude: 116.46 East (+/- 10 km)
Magnitude: 5.9
The maximum felt intensity for the earthquake was VI (6) on the Modified Mercalli scale.


An 800 km2 (310 sq mi) tract of land around the town has been classified as an Important Bird Area because it supports up to 20 breeding pairs of the endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo.[4]

One of the local reserves near the Calingiri townsite was named after Rica Erickson.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Calingiri (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 September 2008. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – C". Retrieved 8 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "CBH Receival Sites - Contact Details" (PDF). 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "IBA: Calingiri". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rica Erickson - Reserve near Calingiri named after botanist", Calm News, official newspaper of the Department of Conservation and Land Management, Sept-Oct 1996, p. 12
  6. ^ McGill, Gwenda. (1996) "Reserve officially named after Dr Rica Erickson in honour of her botanical and preservation work in the area", Avon Valley Advocate, 14 August 1996, p. 3

Further reading[edit]

  • Buchanan, Bruce (1997) Wannamal: a history Perth [W.A.]: Curtin Printing Services, Curtin University of Technology (history of the district in the Chittering Shire and into Gingin, Bindoon, Calingiri, Wongan Hills and north to Three Springs)
  • Gaull, B.A., and P.J. Gregson (1991) 'A new local magnitude scale for Western Australian earthquakes' Australian journal of earth sciences, Vol. 38, no. 3 (July 1991), pp. 251–260
  • Gordon, F.R., and J.D. Lewis, (1980) 'The Meckering and Calingiri earthquakes, October 1968 and March 1970'. Geol. Surv. WA Bulletin 126 (1980)

External links[edit]

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