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Camballin
Western Australia
Population 729 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 6728
Location 8 km (5 mi) from Looma
LGA(s) Shire of Derby-West Kimberley
State electorate(s) Kimberley
Federal Division(s) Durack

Camballin is a small town in the West Kimberley district of Western Australia. The town is located on the Camballin Station about 110 km (68 mi) south of Derby and between Derby and Fitzroy Crossing, with the homestead being situated in the town. The town was established in the 1950s by the Public Works Department of Western Australia to service the Camballin Irrigation Scheme.

At the 2016 census, Camballin had a population of 729.

History

The Camballin township was initially established to support Northern Developments Pty. Ltd., a company incorporated in Sydney in 1951 to establish small scale rice production in 1952. Demonstration that rice production was feasible, a 17-mile dam was constructed on the Uralla creek in 1957, trebling the water storage.

The town's growth continued with the ALCCO (Australian Land & Cattle Company Limited) purchasing Camballin station, Liveringa station and a further five stations in the Kimberley region. This influx of private investment created strong labor demand for the next two decades. with the project leaving a lasting legacy to this day.

The name was chosen by Northern Development Ltd in 1957, with townsite being constructed to service the Liveringa Rice Project. The town was named after one of the nearby stations.

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