Tammin, Western Australia

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Western Australia
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Tammin townsite
Tammin is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 31°38′00″S 117°29′00″E / 31.63333°S 117.48333°E / -31.63333; 117.48333Coordinates: 31°38′00″S 117°29′00″E / 31.63333°S 117.48333°E / -31.63333; 117.48333
Population 162 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1899
Postcode(s) 6409
Elevation 311 m (1,020 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Tammin
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) Durack

Tammin is a town in the central agricultural region of Western Australia, 184 kilometres (114 mi) east of Perth[2] and midway between the towns of Cunderdin and Kellerberrin on the Great Eastern Highway.

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[3]

It also serves as a stop on the Prospector and Avonlink rural train services.


The first European to settle in the area was John Packham in 1893. The railway to Southern Cross was constructed through the area in 1894-95, and Tammin was one of the original stations when the line opened in 1895. As the surrounding area developed for agriculture, there was sufficient demand for land in the area for the government to declare a townsite, and Tammin townsite was gazetted in 1899.

Tammin is an Aboriginal name derived from the nearby Tammin Rock, a name first recorded by the explorer Charles Cooke Hunt in 1864. The rock possibly derives its name from the "Tammar", the Aboriginal name of the "Black Gloved Wallaby" which was once found in this area. Another source records it as possibly meaning "a grandmother or a grandfather".

The local Agricultural Hall was opened in 1911 by the Minister of Agriculture.[4]

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]

Rail services[edit]

Transwa's Avonlink and Prospector services stop at Tammin, at least one service each day.[6][7]

Preceding station   Transwa Trains network   Following station
East Perth – Merredin
towards Kalgoorlie


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tammin (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Shire of Tammin Website". 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Country". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 22 June 1911. p. 5. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  6. ^ AvonLink Timetable
  7. ^ Prospector Timetable

Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – T". Retrieved 2 October 2008.