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Gibson
Western Australia
Population: 475
Established: 1921
Postcode: 6448
Elevation: 218 m (715 ft)
Location:
LGA: Shire of Esperance
State District: Eyre
Federal Division: O'Connor

Gibson is a small town in southeastern Western Australia, about 22 kilometres (14 mi) north of Esperance. At the 2006 census, Gibson had a population of 475.

History

The population of the area was 16 (7 males and 9 females) in 1898.

Gibson was originally proposed in about 1910 as a siding on the Esperance Branch Railway due to a reliable water source in the area, named by surveyor A. W. Canning after a man who discovered the soak whilst searching for stock.. The railway itself was not completed until 1925, but the townsite was gazetted on 19 October 1921.

Transport

It is served by a station on the Westnet railway network, and is also the site of the Esperance Airport. In 2009, a 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) long crossing called by this name but located slightly away from the town was built.


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