Tenterden, Western Australia

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Tenterden
Western Australia
Tenterden is located in Western Australia
Tenterden
Tenterden
Coordinates34°22′00″S 117°33′00″E / 34.36667°S 117.55000°E / -34.36667; 117.55000Coordinates: 34°22′00″S 117°33′00″E / 34.36667°S 117.55000°E / -34.36667; 117.55000
Population223 (2006 census)[1]
Established1893
Postcode(s)6322
Elevation311 m (1,020 ft)
Location
  • 328 km (204 mi) south east of Perth
  • 88 km (55 mi) north west of Albany
  • 11 km (7 mi) south of Cranbrook
LGA(s)Cranbrook
State electorate(s)Roe
Federal Division(s)O'Connor

Tenterden is a town located 328 km south-east of Perth in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The townsite is located on one of the sidings on the Great Southern Railway line. The siding was established in 1891 and shortly afterward the government made land available for agricultural purposes in the area. The town was gazetted in 1893 and is named after a town in Kent.[2]

2003 Fire[edit]

On 27 December 2003, two live power lines clashed and shorted out resulting in a large bushfire. Two local women died in the fire. Crop, property and stock damage was estimated to be in the millions of dollars. In December 2005, Western Power was fined $17,500 by a magistrate, having been taken to court by the Office of Energy Safety for failing to maintain a safe power network.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Tenterden (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – T". Retrieved 11 February 2007.
  3. ^ "Western Power fined over deadly Tenterden blaze". 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  4. ^ "The West Australian - Tenterden Fire". 2003. Retrieved 14 September 2008.[dead link]