Gnowangerup, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Gnowangerup Western Australia Yougenup Road.jpg
Yougenup Road, Gnowangerup
Gnowangerup is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 33°56′S 118°01′E / 33.94°S 118.01°E / -33.94; 118.01Coordinates: 33°56′S 118°01′E / 33.94°S 118.01°E / -33.94; 118.01
Population 624 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1908
Postcode(s) 6335
Elevation 261 m (856 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Gnowangerup
State electorate(s) Wagin
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Gnowangerup, named as the place of the mallee fowl in the Aboriginal Noongar language, is a town located 61 kilometres (38 mi) south-east of Katanning in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The townsite was first gazetted in 1908 under the spelling of Ngowangerupp. Local dissatisfaction with this spelling led to it being altered to Gnowangerup in 1913.

The local Agricultural Hall was opened on 20 July 1910 by Arnold Piesse, MLA for the Katanning electorate.[2][3]

A branch railway from Tambellup was open for service to Gnowangerup on 1 July 1912. It was extended to Ongerup on 6 January 1913. Train services east of Gnowangerup ceased on 13 October 1957.[4][5]

The name of the townsite is Aboriginal, being derived from nearby Gnowangerup Creek and Spring, both names being first recorded in 1878. The name means "place where the mallee hen (Gnow) nests".[6]

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[7]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Gnowangerup (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Farm & Station". Western Mail. Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 6 August 1910. p. 4. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gnowangerup Agricultural Hall". Great Southern Herald. Katanning, WA. 23 July 1910. p. 3. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Milne, Rod (2002) The Ongerup Branch Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, May, 2002 pp163-170
  5. ^ "Local News". Albany Advertiser. 6 July 1912. p. 2. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – G". Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  7. ^ "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013.