Pingelly
Western Australia
Great Southern Highway in Pingelly, 2014
Pingelly
Pingelly
Coordinates32°32′02″S 117°05′10″E / 32.534°S 117.086°E / -32.534; 117.086Coordinates: 32°32′02″S 117°05′10″E / 32.534°S 117.086°E / -32.534; 117.086
Population809 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)6308
Elevation297 m (974 ft)
Location158 km (98 mi) from Perth
LGA(s)Shire of Pingelly
State electorate(s)Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s)O'Connor
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
23.1 °C
74 °F
10.4 °C
51 °F
448.0 mm
17.6 in

Pingelly is a town and shire located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 158 kilometres (98 mi) from Perth via the Brookton Highway and Great Southern Highway. The town is also located on the Great Southern railway line.

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[2] At the 2016 census, Pingelly had a population of 809.[1]

History

The town was originally a railway siding along the Great Southern Railway line, built by the Western Australian Land Company, and opened in 1889. Later the same year the company designed the town and made land available. In 1896 the state government purchased the railway and the land and gazetted the townsite in 1898. Its name is Aboriginal in origin and is the name of the Pingeculling Rocks found to the north of the town. The name was first recorded in 1873, and the original settlers referred to the area as Pingegulley for years before the town was gazetted.[3]

In early 1898 the population of the town was 89, 52 males and 37 females,[4] however this isn't accurate, as this does not include Aboriginal people.[citation needed]

Tenders for the construction of the local agricultural hall were advertised in late 1893,[5] the contract was awarded to Thorne, Bower and Stewart in early 1894.[6] The hall was opened in September of the same year with a tamar hunt and a ball to mark the occasion.[7]

Between 1939 and 1941 three motor racing events were held annually in the town,[8] using a circuit which went in a clockwise direction.[9] The last event, won by Harley Hammond in his Marquette Special was the final motor sport event held in Western Australia before racing stopped due to World War 2.[8]

Commercial area

The shire includes over 1,100 residents living both in town and on rural properties, and is a key agricultural centre, with wheat, barley, sheep and cattle farming being the main activities. Pingelly contains a primary school, Bendigo Bank, shopping facilities - IGA supermarket, chemist, post office, specialty shops, arts and craft shop, hospital auxiliary op shop - accommodation (hotels, B&B, caravan park), golf course, council offices and a telecentre are located within the town. A school bus ferries high school students to Narrogin. Each year two market days with a wide range of items are held in May and October.

The Shire of Pingelly has built a new[timeframe?] recreation and community centre as well as new[timeframe?] aged appropriate accommodation.

The town is a stop on the Transwa bus service from Perth to Albany.[10]

The Pingelly Health Service is part of the Upper Great Southern Health Services, and includes a 24/7 medical centre facility as well as a general practitioner. Silver Chain offers home help, gardening, respite and other aged care services. Narrogin Regional Hospital remains the primary centre servicing the Upper Great Southern area.

Climate

Climate data for Pingelly
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 44.1
(111.4)
46.2
(115.2)
40.5
(104.9)
36.7
(98.1)
33.3
(91.9)
24.3
(75.7)
22.8
(73.0)
26.1
(79.0)
32.6
(90.7)
36.5
(97.7)
40.3
(104.5)
43.0
(109.4)
46.2
(115.2)
Average high °C (°F) 31.9
(89.4)
31.2
(88.2)
28.4
(83.1)
24.1
(75.4)
19.7
(67.5)
16.4
(61.5)
15.3
(59.5)
16.1
(61.0)
18.3
(64.9)
22.2
(72.0)
26.2
(79.2)
29.9
(85.8)
23.3
(73.9)
Average low °C (°F) 15.5
(59.9)
16.0
(60.8)
14.7
(58.5)
11.8
(53.2)
8.8
(47.8)
6.6
(43.9)
5.5
(41.9)
5.6
(42.1)
6.5
(43.7)
8.4
(47.1)
11.3
(52.3)
13.9
(57.0)
10.4
(50.7)
Record low °C (°F) 6.9
(44.4)
6.4
(43.5)
3.2
(37.8)
1.3
(34.3)
0.4
(32.7)
−1.6
(29.1)
−2.5
(27.5)
−1.2
(29.8)
−1.6
(29.1)
−1.1
(30.0)
2.1
(35.8)
4.5
(40.1)
−2.5
(27.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 10.9
(0.43)
13.5
(0.53)
17.2
(0.68)
26.9
(1.06)
58.1
(2.29)
81.6
(3.21)
81.8
(3.22)
61.8
(2.43)
41.1
(1.62)
25.0
(0.98)
15.4
(0.61)
12.6
(0.50)
445.8
(17.55)
Average precipitation days 2.0 2.3 3.2 5.7 10.4 14.0 15.2 13.4 10.9 7.2 4.5 2.5 91.3
Average relative humidity (%) 27 29 34 43 53 61 63 59 54 42 33 27 44
Source: [11]

Notable people

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Pingelly (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 September 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – P". Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Population of Western Australia". Western Mail. Perth: National Library of Australia. 22 April 1898. p. 23. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Classified Advertising". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 23 December 1893. p. 2. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  6. ^ "News of the week". Western Mail. Perth: National Library of Australia. 20 January 1894. p. 34. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  7. ^ "The opening of Pingelly Hall". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 26 September 1894. p. 2. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  8. ^ a b Walker, Terry (1995). Fast Tracks - Australia's Motor Racing Circuits: 1904-1995. Wahroonga, NSW: Turton & Armstrong. p. 132. ISBN 0908031556.
  9. ^ Galpin, Darren. "Pingelly". GEL Motorsport Information Page. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  10. ^ GS2 timetable, TransWA, effective 1 August 2016. Accessed 13 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Climate statistics for Pingelly". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 12 July 2014.

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