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Corrigin

A golden grain Wheatbelt town

Image by Jackie Grylls

Let us show you all the wonderful reasons
why we enjoy living in the Wheatbelt

 

 

Apart from the warm and welcoming community, we are lucky enough to begin and end the day with breathtaking sky displays and forever changing landscapes. The eateries have great coffee, wonderful treats to delight any sweet tooth and you can always be guaranteed of a hearty meal in the country!

When you turn off the main highway, you will discover Corrigin’s vibrant main street and experience the warm and welcoming nature of the community. Learn about the towns rich agricultural history as it is showcased through museum displays and memorials.

The greater district boasts many spectacular advantage points to uninterrupted views; you’ll discover hidden gems and learn about what makes Corrigin special to those that live there. With accommodation options available for any traveler or visitor, from hotel, motel, BnB, caravan parks and RV friendly locations.

We hope you enjoy your visit. 

Distance from Perth: 253km

Distance to Wave Rock: 112km

Population: 1,146 (census 2016) 

Shire Size: 3,095 square kilometres

Gazetted: 1913

The Noongar Aboriginal People have lived and cared for this land now known as Corrigin for some 65,000 years’


One of three major groups in the Wheatbelt, the Njaki Njaki Nyoongar people traditional lands cover Corrigin and the towns of Nungarin, Trayning, Kununoppin, Doodlakine, Hines Hill, Kellerberrin, Merredin, Westonia, Carrabin, Bruce Rock, Hyden, Kalgarin, Kondinin, Kulin, Muntadgin, Shackleton, Narembeen and Moorine Rock. The townsite of Corrigin was first gazetted in 1913 as ‘Dondakin’. This name was derived from the adjacent railway siding, which in turn was a form of the Aboriginal name of a nearby soak, Dondakine Soak. The local name, "Corrigin", was not accepted by railway authorities at first because of the likelihood of confusion with another siding called "Korrijinn". Eventually, due to public protest, Korrijinn was changed to "Bickey", and Dondakin changed to Corrigin on 15 May 1914. Corrigin is named after Corrigin Well, another local Aboriginal name, first recorded in 1877. The meaning of the name is not known.

An agricultural town built on golden grain and sheep farms.

 

Before 1908, the only connection Corrigin had with the outside world was the railway track which ran to Southern Cross. At that time it was practically impossible to get anyone to take up land near the rabbit proof fence. Sheep were however run in the district as early as the 1860s with the leases for the Parker family extending down into the present Shire of Corrigin Shire area. A boom in sandalwood prices in the early 1880s saw sandalwood cutters move in to cut out as much of the aromatic timber as they could find. However it wasn't until the early part of the twentieth century that significant numbers of people moved into the area to take up land and to settle permanently.

 

Corrigin was once widely known as ‘A Town of Windmills’ due to the abundant supply of underground water. These days the town remains a buzzing hub for grain production with  businesses working to help maintain and service the farming community.

Corrigin - a Town of Windmills

 

Corrigin was widely known as ‘A Town of Windmills’ due to the abundant supply of ground water. Almost every home had a windmill until 1960 when the town was supplied with scheme water. The unique Corrigin town entry statements on Brookton Highway are indicative to the district, with a windmill, water tank, trough and post & rail fencing.

Corrigin Pioneer Museum

 

Housing the history of our days gone by, a worthwhile visit whilst in Corrigin. View the collection of tools and restored farm machinery, including tractors in working order, see the blacksmiths shop, the one room school, the shearing shed, old district photographs, clothing and other pioneer memorabilia. The Pioneer Memorial Wall at the entrance to the Museum commemorates early settlers. Please call in for a visit, you will be surprised!