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Manjimup
Western Australia
Manjimup Sign SMC 2006.jpg
Entrance to Manjimup, late afternoon
Population 4,164 (2011 census)
Established 1856
Postcode(s) 6258
Elevation 287 m (942 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Manjimup
State electorate(s) Blackwood-Stirling
Federal Division(s) O'Connor
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
20.3 °C
69 °F
9.6 °C
49 °F
1,010.9 mm
39.8 in

Manjimup is a town in Western Australia, 307 kilometres (191 mi) south of the state capital, Perth. The town of Manjimup is a regional centre for the largest shire in the South West region of Western Australia. At the 2011 census, Manjimup had a population of 4,164.

History

Manjimup was named the Noongar Aboriginal words "Manjin" (a broad-leafed edible reed) and "up" (meeting place, or place of). Manjimup was first settled by timber cutter Thomas Muir, who took up land near the present town site in 1856. It was declared a town in 1910, and a railway from Perth was completed in 1911.

The population expanded when Manjimup became part of the post-World War I Group Settlement Scheme. The Group Settlement Scheme was largely unsuccessful because the land was difficult to clear and many of the new settlers were not experienced farmers. The settlers who stayed became dairy farmers, which ended during the 1930s Great Depression when the price of butterfat collapsed.

Transportation

Timber trains in Manjimup Pemberton area
A timber train in the 1940s

The railway from Bridgetown was extended to Wilgarup in 1909, and the railway line opened in 1911. As the line's terminus was near the Manjimup homestead, the station was named Manjimup. Aside from passengers, trains were used to transport timber to and from the sawmills in the area. The rail yards closed in 1997 and were redeveloped into Manji Park tourism precinct in 2003.

Cars are the primary method of transport in Manjimup - according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2006 census, 91% of people commuting to work were drivers or passengers in cars. The next most popular method of transport was walking, at 4.5%. The Manjimup Volunteer and Resource Centre runs a community bus service, primarily for youth, seniors, and people with disabilities

Public transport between Perth and Manjimup consists of Transwa bus services 315 (Sunday) and 321 (Monday and Wednesday) from Perth to Pemberton via Bunbury, and 322 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) from Pemberton to Perth, also via Bunbury. South West Coach Lines travels between Perth and Manjimup on weekdays.

Climate

Manjimup has a mild Mediterranean climate, with cool wet winters and warm dry summers. Manjimup's longest consecutive run of cold days was 20 days between 13 July and 1 August 1958, and its longest consecutive wet spell was 44 days between 1 July to 13 August 1946. During this period, 374 mm of rain fell.

Manjimup Climate Data
Temperature
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high 42.7 °C (109 °F) 41.6 °C (107 °F) 41.2 °C (106 °F) 33.6 °C (92.5 °F) 29.2 °C (84.6 °F) 22.9 °C (73.2 °F) 21.6 °C (70.9 °F) 24.4 °C (75.9 °F) 28.2 °C (82.8 °F) 33.3 °C (91.9 °F) 38.7 °C (102 °F) 40.0 °C (104 °F) 42.7 °C (109 °F)
Average high 27.0 °C (80.6 °F) 26.9 °C (80.4 °F) 24.7 °C (76.5 °F) 21.0 °C (69.8 °F) 17.5 °C (63.5 °F) 15.2 °C (59.4 °F) 14.3 °C (57.7 °F) 14.9 °C (58.8 °F) 16.5 °C (61.7 °F) 18.7 °C (65.7 °F) 21.8 °C (71.2 °F) 24.8 °C (76.6 °F) 20.3 °C (68.5 °F)
Average low 13.0 °C (55.4 °F) 13.3 °C (55.9 °F) 12.5 °C (54.5 °F) 10.7 °C (51.3 °F) 8.9 °C (48.0 °F) 7.4 °C (45.3 °F) 6.4 °C (43.5 °F) 6.5 °C (43.7 °F) 7.2 °C (45.0 °F) 8.2 °C (46.8 °F) 10.1 °C (50.2 °F) 11.6 °C (52.9 °F) 9.6 °C (49.3 °F)
Record low 6.0 °C (42.8 °F) 5.6 °C (42.1 °F) 3.3 °C (37.9 °F) 1.6 °C (34.9 °F) −0.6 °C (30.9 °F) 0.2 °C (32.4 °F) −0.6 °C (30.9 °F) 0.0 °C (32.0 °F) 0.6 °C (33.1 °F) 0.1 °C (32.2 °F) 2.3 °C (36.1 °F) 4.4 °C (39.9 °F) −0.6 °C (30.9 °F)
Rainfall
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
Highest rainfall 92.2 mm (3.6 in) 117.4 mm (4.6 in) 137.7 mm (5.4 in) 193.8 mm (7.6 in) 269.0 mm (10.6 in) 331.9 mm (13.1 in) 319.7 mm (12.6 in) 323.3 mm (12.7 in) 256.5 mm (10.1 in) 165.4 mm (6.5 in) 121.6 mm (4.8 in) 98.0 mm (3.9 in) 1,761.2 mm (69.3 in)
Average rainfall 19.3 mm (0.8 in) 19.1 mm (0.8 in) 30.8 mm (1.2 in) 60.3 mm (2.4 in) 132.6 mm (5.2 in) 166.5 mm (6.6 in) 175.7 mm (6.9 in) 148.7 mm (5.9 in) 109.2 mm (4.3 in) 77.9 mm (3.1 in) 46.2 mm (1.8 in) 25.2 mm (1.0 in) 1,010.9 mm (39.8 in)
Lowest rainfall 0.0 mm (0.0 in) 0.0 mm (0.0 in) 0.5 mm (0.0 in) 4.0 mm (0.2 in) 26.3 mm (1.0 in) 13.8 mm (0.5 in) 42.7 mm (1.7 in) 49.0 mm (1.9 in) 23.9 mm (0.9 in) 8.9 mm (0.4 in) 2.5 mm (0.1 in) 0.0 mm (0.0 in) 650.3 mm (25.6 in)
Average rainy days 5.8 5.8 7.4 11.3 17.4 19.8 22.0 20.8 17.4 14.9 10.3 7.2 160.1
Bureau of Meteorology

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