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.
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
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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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.
State : Central Wheatbelt
Federal : Durack
Postcode : 6415
Local Government : Shire of Merredin
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