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Greenbushes
Western Australia
Greenbushes WA Blackwood Road.jpg
Blackwood Road in Greenbushes, in the 1920s
Population 342 (2006 census)
Established 1889
Postcode(s) 6254
Location 250 km (155 mi) S of Perth
LGA(s) Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes
State electorate(s) Blackwood-Stirling
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Greenbushes is a timber and mining town located in the South West region of Western Australia.

History

Greenbushes was founded as a mining town in 1888 following a surveyor's discovery of tin in 1886. Greenbushes was named after the bright green bushes that contrasted against the grey eucalyptus trees. The railway from Donnybrook to Bridgetown opened in 1898, with Greenbushes station located approximately six kilometres north of the main townsite. The area surrounding the train station was renamed North Greenbushes to reduce confusion.

The town experienced a period of economic boom until the international price of tin slumped in 1893, which caused the Greenbushes industry to collapse. By 1913, approximately one quarter of Greenbushes' inhabitants were working in the timber industry, which was established shortly after the first mine.

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