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Western Australia
Population 475 (2006 census)
Established 1921
Postcode(s) 6448
Elevation 218 m (715 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Esperance
State electorate(s) Eyre
Federal Division(s) 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.


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.


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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