Gibson, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Gibson is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 33°38′56″S 121°48′50″E / 33.64889°S 121.81389°E / -33.64889; 121.81389Coordinates: 33°38′56″S 121°48′50″E / 33.64889°S 121.81389°E / -33.64889; 121.81389
Population 475 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1921
Postcode(s) 6448
Elevation 218 m (715 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Esperance
State electorate(s) Eyre
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Gibson is a small town in southeastern Western Australia, about 22 kilometres (14 mi) north of Esperance. At the 2006 census, Gibson had a population of 475.[1]


The population of the area was 16 (7 males and 9 females) in 1898.[2]

Gibson was originally proposed in about 1910 as a siding on the Esperance Branch Railway due to a reliable water source in the area, named by surveyor A. W. Canning after a man who discovered the soak whilst searching for stock.. The railway itself was not completed until 1925, but the townsite was gazetted on 19 October 1921.[3][4]


It is served by a station on the Westnet railway network, and is also the site of the Esperance Airport. In 2009, a 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) long crossing called by this name but located slightly away from the town was built.[5]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Gibson (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Population of Western Australia". Western Mail. Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 22 April 1898. p. 23. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Western Australian Government Gazette, file 2874/16, 19 October 1921, page 1921:1889.
  4. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – G". Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Railway Digest October 2009, p17