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Wickepin
Western Australia
Wogolin Road, Wickepin, 2014(5).JPG
Wogolin Road, Wickepin, 2014
Population 244 (2006 census)
Established 1908
Postcode(s) 6370
Elevation 337 m (1,106 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Wickepin
State electorate(s) Wagin
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Wickepin is a town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 214 kilometres (133 mi) south-east of Perth and 38 kilometres (24 mi) east of Narrogin. At the 2006 census, Wickepin had a population of 244.

History

Albert Facey Homestead, 2014(1)
The Albert Facey Homestead, 2014

Wickepin's name is of Aboriginal origin, was first recorded in 1881, but the meaning is not known. Until 1908, the area was sometimes known as Yarling, the name of a spring in the area (Yarling Well is 8 km west of the town). The area was leased in the early 1870s, but started to grow after the construction of the Great Southern Railway in 1889. The land was opened up by the State Government in 1893, and by 1906 a town had started to develop.

In 1908, plans were announced to extend the railway from Narrogin to Wickepin, and the town was gazetted in June of that year. Seven months later, the Road Board (later Shire Council) was constituted and the railway commenced operations. In the years prior to the First World War Wickepin was an important service centre, featuring three banks, blacksmiths and other businesses as well as a post office and railway buildings.

Albert Facey, Gallipoli veteran and author of A Fortunate Life, lived south of the town from 1922 to 1934 with his family.

From 1917 until 1964, Wickepin hosted an agricultural show in October of each year.

Present day

Wickepin is a service town for the surrounding agricultural district, and contains recreational facilities, historic buildings from its boom period in the 1910s-1920s, a telecentre, public library and caravan park. Albert Facey's house was moved to the main street of Wickepin in 2000 and is open to visitors. Wickepin has a primary school, first opened in 1911, with high school students travelling by school bus to Narrogin.

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