Popanyinning, Western Australia

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Western Australia
General Store, Popanyinning, 2014(1).JPG
Popanyinning General Store, 2014
Popanyinning is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 32°40′00″S 117°07′00″E / 32.66667°S 117.11667°E / -32.66667; 117.11667Coordinates: 32°40′00″S 117°07′00″E / 32.66667°S 117.11667°E / -32.66667; 117.11667
Population 87 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1889
Postcode(s) 6309
LGA(s) Shire of Cuballing
State electorate(s) Roe
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Popanyinning is a small town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, along Great Southern Highway between Pingelly and Narrogin. At the 2006 census, Popanyinning had a population of 87.[1]


The name means "water hole" in the local Noongar Aboriginal language and was first recorded in a survey in 1869 for a pool in the Hotham River, and was previously spelt "Popaning" or "Popanying". The first pioneers arrived in 1893, mainly railway construction workers and their families, and the town became one of the original sidings on the Great Southern Railway.[2] In 1903, the State Government had a few lots surveyed at the siding to meet the needs of local settlers, and in 1904 the townsite was gazetted. Within two years, 72 families were living in the district and the town was an agricultural trading post where settlers could buy supplies or conduct business with incoming or outgoing railway traffic. The Popanyinning Hotel was built in April 1906, and many small stores operated nearby.

However, the town did not grow after the 1920s, and on 9 July 1978 the hotel burnt down, never to be rebuilt.[3]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Popanyinning (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – P". Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  3. ^ Shire of Cuballing. "History - Popanyinning". Retrieved 2006-10-14. 

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