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Tammin
Western Australia
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Tammin townsite
Population 162 (2011 census)
Established 1899
Postcode(s) 6409
Elevation 311 m (1,020 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Tammin
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) Durack

Tammin is a town in the central agricultural region of Western Australia, 184 kilometres (114 mi) east of Perth and midway between the towns of Cunderdin and Kellerberrin on the Great Eastern Highway.

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.

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

History

The first European to settle in the area was John Packham in 1893. The railway to Southern Cross was constructed through the area in 1894-95, and Tammin was one of the original stations when the line opened in 1895. As the surrounding area developed for agriculture, there was sufficient demand for land in the area for the government to declare a townsite, and Tammin townsite was gazetted in 1899.

Tammin is an Aboriginal name derived from the nearby Tammin Rock, a name first recorded by the explorer Charles Cooke Hunt in 1864. The rock possibly derives its name from the "Tammar", the Aboriginal name of the "Black Gloved Wallaby" which was once found in this area. Another source records it as possibly meaning "a grandmother or a grandfather".

The local Agricultural Hall was opened in 1911 by the Minister of Agriculture.

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.

Rail services

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

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