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Western Australia
Clackline Brook Bridge from west.JPG
Clackline Brook Bridge from the west.
Clackline is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 31°43′05″S 116°31′16″E / 31.718°S 116.521°E / -31.718; 116.521Coordinates: 31°43′05″S 116°31′16″E / 31.718°S 116.521°E / -31.718; 116.521
Population 331 (2011 Census)[1]
Established 1896
Postcode(s) 6564
Elevation 257 m (843 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Northam
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) Pearce

Clackline is a locality in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) east-north-east of Perth.

John Forrest, later Premier of Western Australia, recorded the name in 1879 but the origin of the word is unknown. A settlement was established in the 1880s, being at the junction of the Perth-Newcastle Road and the township was gazetted in 1896.[2]

It has also been known as Clackline Junction for the road and the rail junction.[3][4]

It was an important junction for the Eastern Railway lines to Northam, and Toodyay on the Miling Clackline - Miling railway branch. The railway service through Clackline was closed in 1966 at the time the Avon Valley route of the Eastern Railway was opened.[5]

A brickworks known as the Clackline Refractory supplied bricks for the nearby pumping stations for the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme.

Clackline Nature Reserve is on Refractory Road.

On 9 October 1942 an RAAF Avro Anson aircraft which had departed Pearce Air Base crashed in the area, killing all four crew.[6] A memorial is situated at the crash site about 5 km south-east of Clackline on Avro-Anson Road.

The Clackline area produces some of the highest grade export hay (oaten) in Australia and is home to wine growing ventures and an olive grove producing premium quality olive oils.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Clackline (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  3. ^ Clackline Junction Notes.(Correspondent calls for the establishment of a post office - publican Mr. McIver can no longer cope with the area's postal needs).The West Australian, 29 May 1896, p.3
  4. ^ Carter, D. F. (1999) Clackline Junction reflections : history, myth and true stories of old times to read and enjoy Subiaco published by the author
  5. ^ Clackline - Toodyay, opened 1 January 1888 - closed 13 February 1966 - page 67 -Quinlan, Howard; Newland, John R; Australian Railway Historical Society. New South Wales Division (2000), Australian railway routes 1854 to 2000, Australian Railway Historical Society - New South Wales Division, ISBN 978-0-909650-49-0 
  6. ^ RAAF Air crash details

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