Wannamal, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Wannamal is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 31°10′00″S 116°03′00″E / 31.16667°S 116.05000°E / -31.16667; 116.05000Coordinates: 31°10′00″S 116°03′00″E / 31.16667°S 116.05000°E / -31.16667; 116.05000
Population 360 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1908
Postcode(s) 6505
Elevation 173 m (568 ft)
  • 115 km (71 mi) North North East of Perth
  • 26 km (16 mi) North East of Gingin
  • 70 km (43 mi) East of Lancelin
LGA(s) Shire of Chittering
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Pearce

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

The town's name is taken from the nearby Wannamal Lake, a name of Indigenous Australian origin that was first recorded in 1853. The meaning of the word is thought to mean lake.

Grazing leases were first taken in the area in the 1850s and by the 1870s a permanent settlement existed in the area. In 1892 the Midland railway was extended as far as Wannamal and a siding was opened in the townsite in 1895. The townsite was gazetted in 1908.[2]

Tenders for the erection of a public hall were called for in early 1912,[3] with the building being completed and opened in December the same year.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wannamal (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – W". Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Advertising.". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 21 February 1912. p. 1. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Liberal League". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 2 December 1912. p. 8. Retrieved 4 October 2013.