Narembeen, Western Australia

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Narembeen
Western Australia
Town clock, Narembeen, 2014(1).JPG
Narembeen town clock, 2014
Narembeen is located in Western Australia
Narembeen
Narembeen
Coordinates 32°3′48″S 118°23′46″E / 32.06333°S 118.39611°E / -32.06333; 118.39611Coordinates: 32°3′48″S 118°23′46″E / 32.06333°S 118.39611°E / -32.06333; 118.39611
Population 469 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1922
Postcode(s) 6369
Elevation 280 m (919 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Narembeen
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) Durack

Narembeen is a town in the Western Australia wheatbelt. It is 286 km, almost due east, from Perth, the capital of WA. It is the major settlement in the Shire of Narembeen, in which the major industries are growing cereal crops and raising cattle and sheep. The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[2]

Narembeen means place of female emus in the local Aboriginal language.

History[edit]

The area was initially surveyed in 1836 by the Surveyor General John Septimus Roe. After camping on a rocky outcrop and seeing a group of Emus he named the area Emu Hill. By the 1850s European settlers arrived in the area looking for pastoral land for wheat and grazing. Sandalwood cutters also frequented the area during this time.

In 1901 the rabbit proof fence was constructed just to the East of Narembeen and can still be seen today.

A settler named Charles Smith bought a property he called Narimbeen. By the 1900s more farmers moved to the area as land was opened upand by 1918 the town-site of Emu Hill was gazetted.

In 1920, the town-site of Narembeen only existed as a minor railway siding to the railway line that had only just been built to Emu Hill.[3]

By the 1920s Emu Hill was the largest community in the region but the local populace opposed the building of a hotel in the town.

As a result of this a Perth lawyer, Henry Dale and a Publican, Paddy Conlon, purchased 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land at the railway siding of Narembeen to build a hotel. The town of Narembeen was established in 1922 about 5 km from the Emu hill town-site. The location of Narembeen was not the best choice as it is prone to flooding. In 1924, there were rumours that gold had been discovered close to the Rabbit Proof fence and the town of Holleton was established about 50 km from Narembeen, but Narembeen prospered as it was the closest train station to Holleton and offered a motor transport service to the miners.[4]

Narembeen had a population of 2,100 by 1925 and Emu Hill was no more.

In 1932 the Wheat Pool of Western Australia announced that the town would have two grain elevators, each fitted with an engine, installed at the railway siding.[5]

In 1968 the town of Narembeen was officially declared.[6]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Narembeen
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 45.8
(114.4)
47.1
(116.8)
41.7
(107.1)
37.6
(99.7)
33.6
(92.5)
25.9
(78.6)
24.7
(76.5)
30.7
(87.3)
34.0
(93.2)
37.0
(98.6)
42.2
(108)
44.4
(111.9)
47.1
(116.8)
Average high °C (°F) 34.0
(93.2)
33.1
(91.6)
30.3
(86.5)
25.9
(78.6)
21.0
(69.8)
17.5
(63.5)
16.5
(61.7)
17.6
(63.7)
20.4
(68.7)
25.0
(77)
28.5
(83.3)
31.9
(89.4)
25.1
(77.2)
Average low °C (°F) 16.6
(61.9)
16.9
(62.4)
14.8
(58.6)
12.0
(53.6)
8.2
(46.8)
6.4
(43.5)
5.4
(41.7)
5.2
(41.4)
6.1
(43)
9.0
(48.2)
12.2
(54)
14.5
(58.1)
10.6
(51.1)
Record low °C (°F) 8.5
(47.3)
7.6
(45.7)
5.6
(42.1)
2.8
(37)
−1.8
(28.8)
−2.2
(28)
−3.2
(26.2)
−1.8
(28.8)
−1.5
(29.3)
0.7
(33.3)
1.4
(34.5)
4.4
(39.9)
−3.2
(26.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 16.3
(0.642)
17.7
(0.697)
20.1
(0.791)
23.0
(0.906)
39.5
(1.555)
51.7
(2.035)
49.9
(1.965)
41.5
(1.634)
26.2
(1.031)
19.2
(0.756)
16.5
(0.65)
13.0
(0.512)
334.6
(13.173)
Average precipitation days 2.2 2.4 3.2 5.0 7.7 10.8 12.0 10.5 7.5 5.1 3.7 2.5 72.6
Source: [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Narembeen (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sydney Morning Herald – Travel – Narembeen". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 16 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Shire of Narembeen – History". 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "West Australian Vista – Narembeen – A Brief History of Narembeen". 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Climate statistics for Narembeen". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

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