Wagin

The business and service centre of a district growing cereal crops, fat lambs and citrus fruit. The area around the town produces almost half of WA's total wool clip.

Wagin is one of the largest towns in the Southern Wheatbelt region, and annually hosts the Woolorama, one of Western Australia's largest Agricultural Shows. The event held in March regularly attracts over 30,000 visitors.

Wagin's Giant Ram towering over the town was built by residents in 1985 to acknowledge the prosperity created by the wool industry. It is a popular picnic place and stopping place for travellers.


Wagin Historical Village

The largest social history museum of its kind in Western Australia, it is comprised of 26 local historic buildings, supported by a collection of restored farming equipment, wagons, drays, carts and sulkies. The village is open daily. Ph. (08) 9861 1232.


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Where is it?

227 km south east of Perth.


History

John Septimus Roe explored that area in 1835 naming Mt. Hugel after botanist Baron Karl Alexander Anselm von Hügel, who was the first Austrian to reach the Swan River Colony (Perth) in Western Australia (1833). The town came into being when the Beverley-Albany railway and was developed in 1886. It was gazetted in 1890.

Origin of name: of Aboriginal origin, derived from the word 'waitch' which means emu. The name of the town is derived from Wagin Lake, a usually dry salt lake south of the town.

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