Cummins Theatre

 

 

MERREDIN

 

HEMA Map reference 76/K7

 

GPS 31 29 14 S 118 16 44 E

 

 

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Climate data for Merredin
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average Temp high 'C 33.7 33 30.2 25.3 20.6 17.2 16.3 17.2 20.4 24.6 28.4 31.9 24.9
Average Temp low 'C 17.7 17.9 16.1 12.7 8.9 6.8 5.6 5.4 6.7 9.5 13 15.7 11.3
Rainfall mm 13.8 15.6 20.5 23.5 41.2 50.3 51 39 25.8 18.2 13.9 13.8 326

Source: Bureau of Meteorology

 

 

 

STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

260 Km

Population

3600

Average Rainfall

314mm

Mean Max Temp

22C

Mean Min Temp

11.2C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9041 1322

Fire and Emergency

08 9041 2522

Medical

08 9081 3222

Visitor Centre / Hotel

 08 9041 1666

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Merredin

08 9061 1535

 

HOTEL / MOTEL

Merredin Motel

Visit website

08 9041 1886

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

DESCRIPTION

 

The largest town in the eastern wheat belt, Merredin is located on the Great Eastern Highway between Perth and Kalgoorlie. 40% of W.A.s wheat is produced within a 100km radius of the town.

 

Smaller town sites and localities that are included in the Merredin Shire are: Hines Hill, Burracoppin, South Burracoppin, Goomarin, Korbel, Muntadgin, Nangeenan, Nokanning, Tangedin, Nukarni and Norpa.

 

If you are looking for a good meal in town we can personally recommend the Palace Chinese Restaurant. Good food and plenty of it.

 

CBH - Cooperative Bulk Handling - Quick facts.......

 

CBH was started in 1933.

CBH handles about 40% of Australia's grain.

It stores, tests and transports grain from growers.

Export facilities are located at Albany, Kwinana, Geraldton and Esperance.

11 different types of grain totalling over 12 million tonnes are transported in an average year.

The C.B.H. story.

 

HISTORY

 

The first expedition to the area was led by John Septimus Roe in 1836. He was followed in 1863 by Henry Maxwell Lefroy. In this 945 mile journey, Lefroy travelled through what is now the shire of Merredin and on to where the golden mile was later discovered. From 1864-66 Charles Hunt organised three separate expeditions and he is credited with getting the name Merredin from the local Aborigines. Hunt suffered from T.B. and sadly died (aged 35) soon after his return from the third expedition.

 

The town’s name is said to have originated from the Aboriginal word merritt-in or place of the merritt tree, which was used for making spears.

 

The initial townsite was gazetted in 1891 after 20 lots were surveyed. None of these were sold but a hotel was built to the south of this location and when the railway arrived in 1895, Merredin Station was established. In 1904 more lots were surveyed and by 1906 the area around the station was incorporated into the townsite.

 

At this time Merredin was also spelled Merreden and Merriden. The station name Merredin was adopted and the current name has been in use since 1907.

 

A water catchment area was developed on Merredin Peak and a channel directed rain water run off to a 25 million litre capacity dam. The structure can still be seen today, in fact it is still used to supply the fountain near the railway museum.

 

The town was an important stopping place during the gold rush years and owes a lot of its early development to the trade that passed through at that time. The wells sunk by Charles Hunt became very important especially in the drier months when natural water sources dried up.

 

An agricultural research station was established in 1904 and it led to the development of the well known 'Bencubbin' strain of wheat.

 

TALL TALES AND TRUE

 

Murder !

 

When Robert Waterson arrived home by train on a Sunday morning in May 1918 he found he was locked out of his house. He promptly kicked the door in only to find a man in a state of undress with his wife in the bedroom.

 

Grabbing a spear that was hanging on the wall as an ornament he proceeded to stab the intruder to death.

 

Another murder occurred in June 1922 when farmhand Archibald Samuel French shot his farmer employer (Andrew Podesta) in the back after being dismissed and told to leave the farm. French then committed suicide by taking poison. He admitted to the killing just before he died.

 

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OTHER INFORMATION

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

Old railway station, Hunt’s dam, Burracoppin, Railway water tower, CBH grain terminal (the longest grain storage facilities in the Southern Hemisphere), Military Museum, No. 4 Pumping station, Merredin Peak, Totadgin Conservation Park, Art gallery, Cummins Theatre, Hunt's Dam, Mosaics, Mangowine Homestead, The Quarry, Railway Dam, Heritage Trail, Merredin Railway Institute Hall.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Old town hall 1911, Cummins Theatre.

 

FAMOUS SONS AND DAUGHTERS

 

Tully Bevilaqua, Hon Hendy Cowan, Archie Duda, Jeff Garlett, Rick Hart, Ken McAullay, Laurie Mayne, Margaret Mills, Don Randall, Jack Rutherford, Nicole Trunfio, Bill Walker.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Central Wheatbelt

Federal : Durack

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6415

Local Government : Shire of Merredin

 

PHOTOS

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