Latham, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Latham is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 29°45′S 116°27′E / 29.750°S 116.450°E / -29.750; 116.450Coordinates: 29°45′S 116°27′E / 29.750°S 116.450°E / -29.750; 116.450
Population 160 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1917
Postcode(s) 6616
Elevation 291 m (955 ft)
  • 311 km (193 mi) North North East of Perth
  • 55 km (34 mi) East of Carnamah
  • 107 km (66 mi) North West of Moora
LGA(s) Shire of Perenjori
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack

Latham is a small town in the Mid West region of Western Australia.

The town is named after a large granite rock, Latham Rock, that is located close to the townsite. The rock was named after an early pastoralist in the region who established a watering place for stock being droved through the area.

The townsite originated as a result of the planned construction of the railway from Wongan Hills to Mullewa in 1913. The Public Works department decided that the area would be suitable as a railway station and a townsite. The railway opened for service in 1915 and the townsite was gazetted in 1917.[2]

The bulk wheat bin was opened in November 1936.[3]

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Latham (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 October 2008. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – L". Retrieved 8 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "Bulk Handling". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 31 October 1936. p. 4. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013.