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Cunderdin
Western Australia
Cunderdin Western Australia aerial view.jpg
Aerial view of Cunderdin
Population 681 (2011 census)
Established 1906
Postcode(s) 6407
Elevation 237 m (778 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Cunderdin
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) Durack

Cunderdin is a town located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia 156 km east of Perth, along the Great Eastern Highway. Due to it being on the route of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme it is also on the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail. It is a rural community consisting of a district high school and an agricultural college.

History

The Shire of Cunderdin (2014) reported the first European visitor to the area was Charles Cooke Hunt, who explored the area in 1864 and recorded the name Cunderdin, from the Njungyar Aboriginal name of a nearby hill. The meaning of the name is thought to mean either "place of the bandicoot" or "place of flowers" (Shire of Cunderdin, 2014).

Like many small towns in the area, Cunderdin developed as a stop-off town during the gold rush in the WA Goldfields (Reeves, Frost, & Fahey, 2010). Significantly in 1894 the railway arrived signalling the earliest settlement in the town (Shire of Cunderdin, 2014). In 1901 the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme, designed by C. Y. O'Connor, led to a renewed increase in population of the town (Water Corporation, 2015). The townsite was gazetted in 1906.

In 1932 the Wheat Pool of Western Australia announced that the town would have two grain elevators, each fitted with an engine, installed at the railway siding. An elevator was duly erected the following year next to the Westralian Farmers grain-shed.

In late 1933 the local tennis courts were first opened in front of a crowd of about 100 players, a tournament was held the same afternoon. The local hospital also had an X-ray plant installed and commissioned a week later.

Population

Year Male Female Total
2002 781 641 1422
2003 765 627 1392
2004 749 609 1358
2005 736 598 1334
2006 722 586 1306
2007 1295
2008 1295
2009 1295
2010 1322
2011 1347
2012 1339
2013 1302

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016

Farming

Cunderdin is a predominantly agricultural based town with nearby farms surrounding town and the Agricultural College. The statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016) state in 2011 661, 701 hectares of land was occupied by the holding of agricultural commodities. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016) reported in 2011 there was a count of 4,726 cattle, 382,929 sheep, and 2,624 pigs in a part of the agricultural sector in Cunderdin farms. The Agricultural College sows and harvests wheat, barley, canola, field peas and oats each year (Western Australian College of Agriculture Cunderdin, 2015).

The Golden Pipeline runs through Cunderdin and provides water for the town (Shire of Cunderdin, 2014). According to the Water Corporation (2015) 40% of the water in the pipeline is delivered to the agricultural area, including Cunderdin. Cunderdin is one of 24 pump stations running through the pipe (Water Corporation, 2015). Based on Baxter road is the project combination of GRDC (Grains Research and Development Corporation) and DAFWA (Department of Agriculture and Food) named WANTFA (Grains Research and Development Corporation, 2015). WANTFA stands for the Western Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association and is an organisation set up to study and experiment with broad acre cropping systems (WANTFA, 2015). WANTFA was initiated in 1992, and is known to be the largest grower group in Western Australia (WANTFA, 2015). The Shire of Cunderdin, 2014 suggests the agricultural sector of the town contributes heavily to the success of the town and with the trials planted around the community; the results and future of agriculture will increase over the years.

Places of interest

Youndegin

Youndegin is a historic site along the Cunderdin- Quairading road, just 19 km south of Cunderdin town and represents the first settlement in the area (Shire of Cunderdin, 2014). Following the death of E.J. Clarkson, an early settler in the Cunderdin district, the old original police output was constructed from stone and mud with a thatched roof (Shire of Cunderdin, 2014). The Shire of Cunderdin (2014) suggested Constable Allerly was the original police officer in the area who took charge of the post and kept watch for any crime, however in 1880, Constable Aflred Eaton arrived into Cunderdin and took over running the station and along with his wife. It was found by the Shire of Cunderdin (2014) that the popular delicacy of the time in the area was parrot pie. When the railway was built Constable Eaton left the police force and became the first farmer within the Cunderdin district.

Cunderdin Museum

Cunderdin Hill Lookout – panoramic views of the area

Railway Water Tower

Ettamogah Pub

Cunderdin Golf Course, which is situated next to the Cunderdin Reservoir, itself part of the Goldfields water supply scheme

Cunderdin Pool

Historic sites of Youndigin and Doodenanning

Cunderdin Town Oval

Balga

Golden Pipeline

C Y O'Connor Park

Cunderdin daviesia (Daviesiacunderdin) is a small to medium-sized shrub, which grows to 1.6 m high. It appears that it is isolated to the Cunderdin area.

Visitors cannot help but notice the large Ettamogah theme hotel and pub when driving through the town, due to its redness and a car on its roof. It is based on the comics of Ken Maynard and is one of a few of these pubs scattered throughout Australia. There are similar venues in Sydney, Albury-Wodonga, The Sunshine Coast, Queensland and Morley.

Cunderdin also serves as a stop on the Prospector and Avonlink rural train services.

Climate

Climate data for Cunderdin
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 46.0
(114.8)
48.0
(118.4)
43.2
(109.8)
38.1
(100.6)
35.0
(95)
26.0
(78.8)
25.3
(77.5)
30.3
(86.5)
34.7
(94.5)
38.8
(101.8)
43.5
(110.3)
45.6
(114.1)
48.0
(118.4)
Average high °C (°F) 34.0
(93.2)
33.3
(91.9)
30.5
(86.9)
25.6
(78.1)
21.1
(70)
17.7
(63.9)
16.6
(61.9)
17.5
(63.5)
20.4
(68.7)
24.3
(75.7)
28.5
(83.3)
32.0
(89.6)
25.1
(77.2)
Average low °C (°F) 17.3
(63.1)
17.5
(63.5)
15.8
(60.4)
12.8
(55)
9.4
(48.9)
7.4
(45.3)
6.1
(43)
5.9
(42.6)
7.1
(44.8)
9.3
(48.7)
12.5
(54.5)
15.3
(59.5)
11.4
(52.5)
Record low °C (°F) 7.1
(44.8)
7.6
(45.7)
5.0
(41)
2.2
(36)
-0.6
(30.9)
-2.2
(28)
-3.1
(26.4)
-1.0
(30.2)
-0.5
(31.1)
1.0
(33.8)
2.3
(36.1)
4.4
(39.9)
-3.1
(26.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 12.5
(0.492)
16.4
(0.646)
19.1
(0.752)
23.9
(0.941)
47.5
(1.87)
63.5
(2.5)
62.8
(2.472)
47.3
(1.862)
27.6
(1.087)
20.4
(0.803)
13.5
(0.531)
10.0
(0.394)
363.8
(14.323)
Humidity 27 31 34 43 52 62 63 58 50 39 32 28 43
Avg. precipitation days 2.0 2.4 3.1 4.9 8.9 12.6 13.8 11.6 8.3 5.7 3.5 2.3 79.1

Rail services

Transwa's Avonlink and Prospector services stop at Cunderdin, at least one service each day.

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