Shackleton, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Shackleton is located in Western Australia
Coordinates31°56′00″S 117°50′00″E / 31.93333°S 117.83333°E / -31.93333; 117.83333Coordinates: 31°56′00″S 117°50′00″E / 31.93333°S 117.83333°E / -31.93333; 117.83333
Population142 (2006 census)[1]
Elevation249 m (817 ft)
LGA(s)Shire of Bruce Rock
State electorate(s)Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s)O'Connor

Shackleton is a small town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

The town is located close to the Salt River and along the disused railway line between Bruce Rock and Quairading.

The 2016 population was 96.[2]

Originally a railway siding for the railway line when constructed in 1913, the town was developed privately before being gazetted in 1951. The town is named after the Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.[3]

The local Agricultural Hall was officially opened in 1920 by Mr. H. Griffiths MLA, it was built on land provided by Dr. Germyn.[4]

The Bankwest branch in the town claimed to be the world's smallest bank. The building measures 3 by 4 metres (10 by 13 ft), but was closed in 1997.[5]

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[6]

The town had an Australian rules football team from 1925 to 1970 before it disbanded.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Shackelton (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
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  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – S". Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Country". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 8 May 1920. p. 9. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Shire of Bruce Rock – Shackleton Bank". 2005. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  6. ^ "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013.