(The end of the Earth)
HEMA Map reference 76/C7
26 35' 37" S 118 29' 53" E
|Climate data for Meekatharra|
|Average Temp high C||38.3||36.6||34.3||29.2||23.7||19.6||19||21.4||25.6||29.6||33.2||36.4||28.9|
|Average Temp low C||25||23.9||21.4||17.4||11.7||6.8||6.2||7.6||11.8||17.3||20.8||23.7||16.1|
|Source: Bureau of Meteorology|
Nannine, Peace Gorge, Bilyuin Pool, Mount Gould Police Station, Garden Gully, Peak Hill, Horseshoe, Wilgie Mia art site, Rangelands discovery trail, Museum (8:00am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday), RFDS Base (9am and 2pm daily), State battery, Picture gardens, 25 Mile Well.
Buildings of note
Old police station 1880, Old court house 1911.
August: Croc Fest. October: Meekatharra races.
In 1977 during the federal election campaign, Malcom Fraser and his wife Tamie were diverted from Perth to Meekatharra airport due to bad weather. On landing Tamie was heard to call Meekatharra 'The end of the Earth.' The locals adopted this good naturedly and used it to publicise the town. Tamie was even invited back to open the local races - which she did.
originally believed that the town name comes from an Aboriginal word meaning
'place of little water' but recent research has shown that a more likely
source was the Aboriginal name Mikadah – a soak located in Luke’s Creek. One
source quotes the meaning as 'hollow tree'.
state school opened in August 1904 and 18 pupils attended. The police
station opened in January of the following year and in 1910 the Royal Mail
Hotel opened for business.
Cyclopedia of Western Australia 1913.
Flying Doctor Service was established in W.A. in 1935 with the first base
setting up in Port Hedland. The service in
Meekatharra followed soon afterward. The School of the Air has operated here since 1959.
followed the culprit foot prints to a house in town and arrested William
Albert Bourke - a returned soldier - who was then sent down to Geraldton to
await trial. Fortunately the only damage was to the Road Board Offices and no
one was injured.
A beer strike was called by drinkers in town to protest the raising of room and board rates by the local hotels - even though beer prices remained the same. The strike only lasted a couple of weeks before the thirsty drinkers gave in to the hot weather. In retaliation for the strike the hotels again raised room and board rates a further five shillings.
In 1940 Meekatharra began a period of decline when some of the larger mines started to close. In 1942 an earthquake shook the town but no serious damage or loss of life was reported.
Murder in the bush.
Leslie John Brown (a.k.a. Louis J. Carron) went missing and after his false teeth and part of a skull were found in the remains of a large campfire at a station out camp, a man called John Tomas Smith (a.k.a. Stanley (Snowy) Rowles) was brought to trial for the murder.
Smith admitted knowing Brown but denied killing him. Inquiries into the matter found that Smith had cashed a cheque in Brown's alias name (Louis Carron) and Smith refused to give evidence at an inquest held into Browns disappearance.
Smith (Rowles) had already been in trouble with the law in the Darling Ranges and had been in more trouble at Wongan Hills where he was arrested and sent to the Dalwallinu lock up. He had escaped from the lock up after assaulting a guard.
Although there was no conclusive evidence against him, and he continued to
deny the charge of murder, Smith was eventually found guilty of wilful
murder and sentenced to death.
Teacher gets a lesson.
Conversation over the School of the Air radio between a teacher and a
It was said there was a barmaid on the Murchison gold fields who was
offered 25 gold sovereigns to strip naked and take a bath in a tub of
champagne. She took up the challenge and two dozen bottles of fine Champagne
were emptied in to a tub where she took her bath in full view of the gaping
Blood donor gives a little bit more
There is a story about a young teenage girl having an accident with a cool drink bottle and cutting herself badly. She was in need of a blood transfusion and a local donor was found and brought in to supply the blood. As the girl was receiving the transfusion and being stitched up she started to giggle and behave in a most unusual way for someone who had just been injured.
transfusion over, the donor returned from whence he had come - the local pub
- and the girl was not only left to get over the injuries she had sustained,
she had to get over her first hangover as well.
(C) Don Copley
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