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Popanyinning, Western Australia

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Population  87 (2006 census)
Postcode(s)  6309
State electorate(s)  Wagin
Postal code  6309
Federal division  Division of O'Connor
Established  1889
LGA(s)  Shire of Cuballing
Founded  1889
Local time  Friday 9:40 AM
Popanyinning, Western Australia
Location  173 km (107 mi) from Perth 17 km (11 mi) from Pingelly
Weather  18°C, Wind SE at 10 km/h, 74% Humidity

Popanyinning is a small town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, along Great Southern Highway between Pingelly and Narrogin. At the 2006 census, Popanyinning had a population of 87.

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Map of Popanyinning WA 6309, Australia

History

The name means "water hole" in the local Noongar Aboriginal language and was first recorded in a survey in 1869 for a pool in the Hotham River, and was previously spelt "Popaning" or "Popanying". The first pioneers arrived in 1893, mainly railway construction workers and their families, and the town became one of the original sidings on the Great Southern Railway. In 1903, the State Government had a few lots surveyed at the siding to meet the needs of local settlers, and in 1904 the townsite was gazetted. Within two years, 72 families were living in the district and the town was an agricultural trading post where settlers could buy supplies or conduct business with incoming or outgoing railway traffic. The Popanyinning Hotel was built in April 1906, and many small stores operated nearby.

However, the town did not grow after the 1920s, and on 9 July 1978 the hotel burnt down, never to be rebuilt.

References

Popanyinning, Western Australia Wikipedia


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