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Ajana, Western Australia

Western Australia

27°56′56″S 114°38′06″E / 27.949°S 114.635°E / -27.949; 114.635Coordinates: 27°56′56″S 114°38′06″E / 27.949°S 114.635°E / -27.949; 114.635

Population 22 (2006 Census) [1]
Established 1915
Postcode(s) 6532
Elevation 202 m (663 ft)
  • 531 km (330 mi) North West of Perth
  • 45 km (28 mi) North of Northampton
  • 54 km (34 mi) South East of Kalbarri
LGA(s) Shire of Northampton
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack

Ajana (also known as Barrel Well) is a small Aboriginal community in Western Australia. It is located on the Ajana Back Road, 531 kilometres (330 mi) north-west of Perth in the Mid West Region.

The name Ajana is Aboriginal in origin and is thought either to be the Nanda name for the area or to be derived from a similar word meaning "mine".[2]


Ajana was the terminus of an extension to the first government railway line in Western Australia. The line originally ran from Northampton to Geraldton; it was extended to Ajana to encourage the development of lead mining and agriculture in the area.[3] The station opened on 6 January 1913,[4] and the townsite was declared on 26 November 1915.[5]

A telegraph station, built in 1845, located at the nearby Mount View, provided early communications for the town.[6] A post office was established in 1922, and a school was built in the town in 1944.[6] The railway station closed on 29 April 1957.[7][8]

Native title

The community is located within the Registered Nanda People (WAD6136/98) Native Title claim area.


The community is managed through its incorporated body, Barrel Well Community Nanda Aboriginal Corporation, incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 on 26 May 1992.

Town planning

Barrel Well Layout Plan No.1 has been prepared in accordance with State Planning Policy 3.2 Aboriginal Settlements. Layout Plan No.1 is yet to be endorsed by the community. As such the Layout Plan exists only as a draft.[9]


External links

  • MSN Map
  • Native Title Claimant application summary

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