Broad Arrow is a popular goldfields 'ghost town'. First called Kurawah, the town once had a population of 2400 with 8 hotels, 2 breweries, a stock exchange and hospital.
The tavern has made a feature of graffiti and the walls are covered with the scribblings of many visitors.
The tavern still operates and according to the locals, the beer is icy cold and the burgers are great. It is very quiet during the week but on weekends
it apparently comes to life.
Henry Reison held the first mining lease in the area but the town's name came from three prospectors; Pike, Quinn and O'mara.
O'mara's nephew was due to follow them and the prospectors drew broad arrows on the ground so he could find his way to their camp.
Gold was discovered in 1893 but it was 1897 by the time the townsite was gazetted as Kurawah. It was also in 1897 that the railway reached the town
and a large 350 foot platform was built at the station.
By the 1920s the gold rush had petered out and the miners moved on.
The town found brief fame in 1971 in the film 'Nickel queen' which starred Googie Withers.
TALL TALES AND TRUE
News of the outside world once came to Broad Arrow in the form of a newspaper from Kalgoorlie (The Kalgoorlie Miner).
During a paper shortage it is said that one copy of the paper was printed on a discarded petticoat. It was taken to Broad
Arrow and tacked to a tree for the locals to read. A local Gin (Aboriginal woman) took it down and wore it but was
constantly harassed by people coming up to read the news printed on it. Tired of the unwanted attention she took off
into the bush but was found 'bailed up' with another news hungry prospector lifting up the hem to read the news.
A local trooper come across the scene exclaiming 'What are you doing holding up the Gin's dress you old blackguard'
to which the reader replied 'I've got some well off people back east and I was looking to see if I'm among the missing persons.'
And happily returned to his reading.
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Broad Arrow Tavern, Abandoned buildings.
BUILDINGS OF NOTE
State : Kalgoorlie
Federal : O'Connor
Postcode : 6431
Local Government : City of Kalgoorlie Boulder
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