Narrogin, for most will be a bit of a pleasant surprise packet. Narrogin is the next town encountered when traveling south from Northam to Albany. Narrogin is a tidy and proud town. Heritage and history is clearly important, and this outlook shows in all aspects of this community. Incidentally, in the age of steam engines, Narrogin was one of the largest railway operation hubs in the southern part of Western Australia.
Narrogin is an Aboriginal name, having been first recorded as "Narroging" for a pool in this area in 1869. The meaning of the name is uncertain, various sources recording it as "bat camp", "plenty of everything" or derived from "gnargagin" which means "place of water".
The first Europeans into the Narrogin area were Alfred Hillman and his party who surveyed the track between Perth and Albany in 1835.
The area was first settled in the 1860s and 1870s when pastoralists moved and settled in isolated outposts. The population was so scattered that there was no incentive to establish a town.