Newdegate, Western Australia
Newdegate Research Station
|Population||441 (2006 census)|
|Elevation||308 m (1,010 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Lake Grace|
Newdegate is a townsite in the Great Southern agricultural region, 399 km south-east of Perth and 52 km east of Lake Grace in Western Australia. The townsite was gazetted in 1925 and honours Sir Francis Newdegate, the Governor of Western Australia from 1920 to 1924. The Department of Agriculture and Food operates one of its 13 research stations in the area of Newdegate.
Newdegate is situated in the heart of the south-eastern wheatbelt of Western Australia – about halfway between Perth in the west and Esperance in the south-east. It is a very successful grain and sheep farming area. Newdegate is central to the Western Mallee subregion of the Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia. It is a sparsely populated subregion with an area of about 47,000 square kilometres (18,147 sq mi).
The annual Newdegate machinery field days have been held for more than 35 years. Displays include machinery and farm equipment as well as sheep and shearing competitions, fleece competitions, a ewe/hogget competition, cattle displays, wine tasting, art competition and exhibition, live music and entertainment. In 2007 a natural fibre fashion award was held.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Newdegate (State Suburb)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 16 September 2008.
- "Summary.". Western Mail. Perth: National Library of Australia. 29 April 1926. p. 19. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
- "Country elevators". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- "Newdegate Field Day website". 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011.