- Dumbleyung, Western Australia
Population: 223 Established: 1907 Postcode: 6350 Location: LGA: Shire of Dumbleyung State District: Wagin Federal Division: O'Connor
Dumbleyung's name is of Aboriginal origin, coming from "Dambeling" which possibly means "large lake or inland sea" (although another source suggests it came from "dumbung", a game played with bent sticks and a hard piece of fruit). The lake nearby was discovered and named Dambeling Lake by explorers Henry Landor and Henry Maxwell Lefroy in 1843, and the current spelling was used by surveyors in the 1860s and 1870s. Pastoralists and sandalwood cutters moved into the area, initially settling at Nippering, north of Lake Dumbleyung and 10 kilometres (6 mi) west of the present town. However, in 1907, Dumbleyung was gazetted as a townsite and became the terminus of a railway from Wagin. By 1915, Dumbleyung had grown to become the major rural service town in the region.
The nearby Dumbleyung Lake is a well-known attraction.
Dumbleyung itself is a service centre with a post office, school, tavern, public library, caravan park and other facilities. Both the tavern and roadhouse offer counter meals. Each year in November the town hosts the Bluebird Festival, attracting visitors to the town.
- ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Dumbleyung (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/LocationSearch?collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=UCL507800&producttype=QuickStats&breadcrumb=PL&action=401. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
- ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". http://www.landgate.wa.gov.au/corporate.nsf/web/History+of+country+town+names. Retrieved 2007-04-17.
- ^ The Wagin Argus (10 November 2005). "Bluebird weekend an outstanding success". http://wagin.yourguide.com.au/detail.asp?class=news&subclass=local&story_id=437931&category=General%20News&m=11&y=2005. Retrieved 2006-10-28.
ABC Great Southern (9 November 2004). "Dumbleyung bluebird festival". http://www.abc.net.au/greatsouthern/stories/s1236750.htm. Retrieved 2006-10-28.
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