The town began as a service town for those travelling to the goldfields to the east of the town in the 1890s.
Merredin is known for agriculture. Around 40% of Western Australia’s wheat production comes from a 100km radius around Merredin. Sheep farming is also popular in the area, along with production of many grains other than wheat. Some attractions include the historic Cummins Theatre, Merredin Peak (northeast of the town centre), Merredin Railway Water Tower, two museums, an art gallery, the longest grain storage facilities in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as the remains of military installations from the town's role as second line of defence, during World War II. Wildflowers and granite rocks also dot the landscape. Merredin was the location of number 4 pumping station of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme.
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Old water tower for the Trans-Australian Railway on the Great Eastern Hwy at Merredin, April 2018.
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1 Australian Bureau of Statistics, Merredin (State Suburb), 2016 Census QuickStats
Last updated: 08 Nov 2019 01:09
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