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Mount Barker is a town on the Albany Highway and is the administrative centre of the Shire of Plantagenet in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. At the 2011 census, Mount Barker had a population of 2,761.The town was named after the nearby hill, which in turn was named in 1829 by Thomas Braidwood Wilson in honour of Captain Collet Barker, who died two years later in South Australia.LocationMount Barker is situated on Albany Highway, 363km south-east of Perth and 50km north of the city of Albany. The coastal town of Denmark is around 55km by road to the south-west via the Denmark-Mount Barker Road. The timber town of Manjimup is 160km west of Mount Barker, via Muir Highway. The Hay River, which flows into Wilson Inlet at Denmark, begins its journey just west of Mount Barker.HistoryPrior to European settlement, small groups of Aboriginal people, called the Bibbulmun (a clan of the Noongar) People, inhabited the area. These were a nomadic people who followed seasonal food supplies. The Aboriginal name for Mount Barker Hill is 'Pwakkenbak'.In December 1829, Mount Barker was named after Captain Collet Barker, commandant of the garrison at King George Sound, by naval ship's surgeon Thomas Braidwood Wilson. Wilson explored the area in company with the Noongar Mokare from King George Sound, John Kent (officer in charge of the Commissariat at Frederick Town, King George Sound), two convicts and Private William Gough of the 39th Regiment, while his ship the Governor Phillip was being repaired.Mount Barker is in Western Australia. Plan your holiday in Mount Barker and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Australia trip planner .
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