MALCOLM DAM

 

 

Malcolm Dam - Western Australia

 

GPS 28 52 35 S 121 26 34 E

 

 

 

 

Tent camping sites Caravan access possible Big rig access possible Pets allowed on leash Site may flood or be inaccessible during rain

 

 

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Malcolm Dam was constructed in the early years of the 20th century as a source of water for steam trains.

The area is now a nature reserve and campsite.

The dam is situated north of the Laverton to Leonora Road with the access track being unsealed.

Some people camp along the low dam wall but if the area is dry, there is a huge amount of room away from the wall.

Not far away is the townsite where the town of Malcolm (GPS 28 56 11 S 121 31 02 E) used to be situated.

Today there is nothing left to show that a town once existed. The railway still runs past the site of the town and there are some containers and related railway equipment but the town has vanished.

At one time it was the regional centre and was even larger than Leonora. There were six stores, six hotels, a brewery and two bakeries. There were even kerosene powered street lights and a swimming pool. The population reached 450 and there were over 200 buildings.

The town was named after Mt. Malcolm which in turn was named after Malcolm Hamersley by Alexander Forrest in 1869.

 

 

Malcolm Dam is shown at 3:25 in the video.

 

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