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Dangin is a small town in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia. It is located about 7 kilometres south-west of Quairading, in the Shire of Quairading. At the 2006 census, Dangin had a population of 283.Dangin is named after the nearby Dangin Spring, which is in turn thought to be an Australian Aboriginal place name meaning "place where the Djanja grows", "Djanja" being a species of Hakea that grows in the vicinity. The name is recorded for 1863 as the name of the farm of Edward Read Parker, son of the first settler in the region. Around 1900, Edward's son Jonah, into whose hands the land had passed, began subdividing the property, forming a townsite of sorts, albeit on private land. In 1902 the town was formally gazetted, but even then it was surrounded by Parker land, and the only access to the town was through a gate. Six years later, Quairading had been established, gazetted, and connected by rail, and thereafter Quairading rapidly took over from Dangin as the main regional centre.

Dangin was the original town in the area, but the owner of the townsite did not allow alcohol to be sold and had a Temperance hotel. When the rail went through to the next town (Quairading) a pub was built. Gradually the town moved to the new site, especially after water was sourced from the Dangin supply at Taopin Rock. Quairading has grown into a moderate wheatbelt centre while Dangin these days, has only a handful of houses left.
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