Wubin, Western Australia

Wubin is located in the northern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 272 kilometres (169 mi) north-northeast of Perth and 21 kilometres (13 mi) north of Dalwallinu.

Wubin
Western Australia
Wubin Hotel Motel, 2018 (02).jpg
Great Northern Highway, Wubin, 2018
Wubin is located in Western Australia
Wubin
Wubin
Coordinates30°06′24″S 116°37′54″E / 30.10667°S 116.63167°E / -30.10667; 116.63167Coordinates: 30°06′24″S 116°37′54″E / 30.10667°S 116.63167°E / -30.10667; 116.63167
Population103 (2016 census)[1]
Established1913
Postcode(s)6612
Elevation326 m (1,070 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Dalwallinu
State electorate(s)Moore
Federal Division(s)Durack
Bagging wheat at Wubin, 1922
Train loaded with bagged wheat, Wubin 1922

Wubin was originally approved as a siding name on the proposed Wongan Hills to Mullewa railway line in April 1913, land also being set aside and a townsite gazetted the same year. The first lots in the townsite were sold in June 1914, and the railway line opened in 1915. Wubin derives its name from the Aboriginal name for a nearby water source, Woobin Well, first recorded by a surveyor in 1907. The spelling Wubin was adopted to conform with spelling rules for Aboriginal names adopted by the Lands & Surveys Department.[2]

In 1936 Co-operative Bulk Handling Ltd converted the siding to grain bulk handling, installing diesel powered bucket elevators to replace the system of manhandling grain onto rail wagons in hessian sacks.[3][4][5]

Wubin flourished like most farming towns during the post World War II era; during that time an all-weather road was constructed across Lake Moore to Paynes Find substantially reducing travel times north to the mining areas in the Murchison and Pilbara regions. It is this road, part of the Great Northern Highway, that is now the economic heart of the town.

In 2007 the Wubin Primary School, established 18 August 1919, was closed by the Department of Education as a result of falling enrolments.[6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wubin (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 May 2019.  
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – W". Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  3. ^ "The start of bulk wheat handling and CBH". Wesfarmers. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian. Perth, WA. 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Bulk Handling Progressing". Sunday Times. Perth, WA. 14 June 1936. p. 22. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  6. ^ "AU WA A1096 - Wubin Primary School". State Records Office of Western Australia. Government of Western Australia, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Doors close on Wubin school". ABC News. 14 December 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2008.

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