Dattening, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Dattening is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 32°31′59″S 116°53′35″E / 32.533°S 116.893°E / -32.533; 116.893Coordinates: 32°31′59″S 116°53′35″E / 32.533°S 116.893°E / -32.533; 116.893
Established 1908
Postcode(s) 6308
Elevation 320 m (1,050 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Pingelly
State electorate(s) Wagin
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Dattening is a small town located between Boddington and Pingelly in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

During the 1890s a farmer named Norris Taylor sunk a well in the locality and the area was initially known as Taylor's Well. By 1906 the local progress association petitioned for a townsite to be surveyed and blocks were subdivided in 1907. Blocks were sold in 1908 with 20 Working Men's blocks being put on the market with prices between £8 and £14.[1] The name, Dattening, was suggested as an alternative to Taylor's Well after this name had been rejected since it duplicated the name of a town in South Australia. The Morambine Road Board suggested the name Dattening which was the Aboriginal name of a spring which is in the vicinity of the well. The meaning of the name is unknown. The town was gazetted in 1908.[2]

The town residents petitioned for the name of the town to be changed to Taylor's Well in 1925 and 1929 but were unsuccessful on both occasions.


  1. ^ "Working Men's Bolcks". Sunday Times. Perth: National Library of Australia. 12 April 1908. p. 3. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – D". Retrieved 2011-04-11.