Yoweragabbie, Western Australia

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Yoweragabbie
Western Australia
Yoweragabbie is located in Western Australia
Yoweragabbie
Yoweragabbie
Coordinates 28°13′59″S 117°37′59″E / 28.233°S 117.633°E / -28.233; 117.633Coordinates: 28°13′59″S 117°37′59″E / 28.233°S 117.633°E / -28.233; 117.633
Established 1914
Postcode(s) 6638
Elevation 376 m (1,234 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Mount Magnet
State electorate(s) North West
Federal Division(s) Durack

Yoweragabbie is a small town in the Mid West region of Western Australia between the towns of Mount Magnet and Yalgoo.

The town originated as a railway siding on the Mullewa to Cue line in 1898 when the line was opened, which was constructed to service the surrounding pastoral stations. In 1913 land was set aside for a townsite and was gazetted in 1914.[1] Very little development ever took place at the town.

The name of the town is Aboriginal in origin and is taken for a nearby well. The well had first been recorded on maps surveyed in 1886.

In 1896, following heavy rain, the townsite and the surrounding stations were flooded.[2] The area was inundated again in 1926 resulting in rail services being cancelled.[3]

A pastoral lease, Yoweragabbie Station, existed since as a lease 1880 in the area when it was owned by the Watson family.[4] In 1926 the property had a flock of 21,800 sheep and produced a clip of 458 bales of wool.[5] The station was sold in 1934 to the Yalgoo Pastoral Company and Dr. A. Thompson for over £38,000, at this stage it occupied an area of 354,796 acres (143,581 ha) and had a carrying capacity of 30,000 sheep.[6] The Yoweragabbie railway siding was situated on the property which shared boundaries with Murrum, Nalbarra and Mundinia Stations.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – Y". Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "The weather in the country". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 1 April 1896. p. 3. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Useful rains". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 11 March 1926. p. 9. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "A Murchison pioneer.". The Daily News. Perth: National Library of Australia. 5 October 1931. p. 3. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Yoweragabble clip". Geraldton Guardian. Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 16 October 1926. p. 4. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Yoweragabbie Station". Kalgoorlie Miner. Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 14 April 1934. p. 5. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Advertising.". The West Australian. Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 9 March 1934. p. 23. Retrieved 10 March 2014.