Mingenew, Western Australia

Mingenew is a town in Western Australia, located 383 kilometres (238 mi) north of the state capital, Perth. It is the seat of government for the Shire of Mingenew.

Mingenew
Western Australia
Midlands Road, Mingenew, 2018 (05).jpg
Mingenew's main street
Mingenew is located in Western Australia
Mingenew
Mingenew
Coordinates29°11′38″S 115°26′28″E / 29.19389°S 115.44111°E / -29.19389; 115.44111Coordinates: 29°11′38″S 115°26′28″E / 29.19389°S 115.44111°E / -29.19389; 115.44111
Population283 (2006 census)[1]
Established1906
Postcode(s)6522
Elevation156 m (512 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Mingenew
State electorate(s)Moore
Federal Division(s)Durack

HistoryEdit

Mingenew was named after Mingenew Spring, an Aboriginal word recorded by European settlers in 1856,[2] possibly deriving from either the words Minga nu "the place of many ants and flies" or Mininoo "the place of many waters".[3] Mingenew and the surrounding Irwin District were first explored by the brothers Augustus Charles and Francis Thomas Gregory in August 1847, looking for suitable grazing land. Settlement of the district then occurred in the 1850s because it was ideal country for cattle.[2] The Midland railway line opened in August 1891, and private land was subdivided, followed in 1906 by subdivision of government land.[2] In 1906, the town of Mingenew was gazetted.[2]

 
1920s panorama of Mingenew, taken from Mingenew Hill, overlooking the town


 
2010 panorama of Mingenew, also taken from Mingenew Hill

AgricultureEdit

Today, the town's economy is based on the farming of sheep, wheat and lupins.[4]

Mingenew is known as The Grain Centre. The Mingenew grain facility (CBH, Co-operative Bulk Handling) is recognised as the largest inland grower fed receival site[5] facility in the Southern Hemisphere, with a holding capacity of 403,000 tons.[6] There is a giant wheat stalk sculpture, affectionately known as "Big Ears" by the locals, at Cecil Newton Park in the main street of the town, emphasising the importance of wheat farming in the area.

AttractionsEdit

WildflowersEdit

 
A pink everlasting or Rhodanthe chlorocephala rosea

Mingenew has many spectacular displays of wildflowers between late July and early October. Varieties include everlastings, hakeas, banksias and grevilleas.[7] Mingenew’s floral emblem is the bird beak hakea (Hakea orthorrhyncha).

Coalseam Conservation ParkEdit

Located 33 km north east of Mingenew, the Coalseam Conservation Park is a renowned site for its carpets of native pink and white everlastings (Rhodanthe chlorocephala ss. rosea[8]) and yellow pom pom (Cephalipterum drummondii[9]) wildflowers. The area was named the Coalseam after the Gregory brothers discovered coal exposed within the sedimentary layers of the banks of the Irwin River in 1846. This marked the first discovery of coal in Western Australia, however, after a number of shafts were dug, only narrow seams of poor quality coal were found, so the site was abandoned. The park is now a popular picnic place, where remnants of its mining history are still present. Also present are many marine fossils embedded in the riverbank and the magnificent limestone cliffs from the Permian Ice Age, 250 million years ago – the oldest geological era.[10]

Sports clubsEdit

Sport is an integral part of the fabric to the community of Mingenew.

  • Mingenew Football Club
  • Mingenew Hockey Club
  • Mingenew Netball Club
  • Mingenew Tennis Club
  • Mingenew Cricket Club
  • Mingenew Turf Club[11]
  • Mingenew Karate Club
  • Mingenew Bowls Club
  • Mingenew Golf Club

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mingenew (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – M". Retrieved 3 May 2008.
  3. ^ Shire of Mingenew [1] 15 January 2011
  4. ^ "Mingenew". Travel. The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 November 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
  5. ^ "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Western Australia's Wildflower Country Mingenew". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  7. ^ Western Australia's Wildflower Country Mingenew
  8. ^ http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/13241
  9. ^ http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/7922
  10. ^ Department of Environmental Conservation, Coalseam Conservation Park [2]
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Further readingEdit

  • Mingenew Historical Society (1988). Mingenew, 1846–1986. Carlisle, WA: Hesperian Press. ISBN 0859051099.

External linksEdit