Paynes Find

 

 

PAYNES FIND

 

GPS 29 15 59 S 117 41 23 E

 

 

 

 

FIND ACCOMMODATION

 

Mount Magnet

Nearby Towns

Wubin

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

425 Km

Population

70

Average Rainfall

278mm

Mean Max Temp

27.5C

Mean Min Temp

12.6C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9963 3222

Fire and Rescue

08 9963 4116

Medical

08 9963 3100

Visitor Centre

08 9963 6111

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Unknown

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B AND B

Paynes Find Tavern

08 9963 6111

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Today this is just a roadhouse by the side of the highway from Perth to Port Hedland but when gold was first discovered, the population swelled quickly for over 150. By the 1930s there were some 500 people in the area but today almost all signs of the old town have gone and all that remains is the gold battery and the roadhouse.

 

The area is well known for carpets of wildflowers that bloom from July to September each year.

 

HISTORY

 

Long before gold was discovered in W.A. Robert Austin explored much of the Gascoyne and Murchison in 1854. He recognised the potential for minerals but it was 40 years before his reports were followed up.

 

Tom Payne lodged the first claim in this area in June 1911 and the find was good enough for a 5 head government gold battery to be approved just 4 months later. Ore crushing started on June 17th 1912.

 

On July 22nd 1911 the local residents elected to call the town Carnation but this was not accepted by the Government and was named Payne's New Find. Two months later this was changed to just Payne's Find.

 

The fortunes of the area rose and fell with the price of gold and with the availability of new technologies that allowed better means of extracting the precious metal.

 

In 1987 the Taylor family purchased the battery from the state government and the equipment is still used to crush ore from time to time. It is the oldest operating battery in W.A.

 

 

 

TALL TALES AND TRUE

 

It is romoured that a prospector by the name of Dowd was the first to find gold here but he is said to have spoken about it in a 'sly grog shop' after imbibing a bit too much and that Tom Payne, who had a fast horse, was first to make it to Mount Magnet to lodge the claim.

 

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OTHER INFORMATION

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

Gold battery, Gold prospecting, Wildflowers in season.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

State Gold battery.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : North West

Federal : Durack

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6612

Local Government : Shire of Yalgoo

 

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