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This is a list of towns that were known to exist at one time but have since been abandoned. Before you hop in your 4x4 and rush out to see the old buildings you must remember that many of these places were not permanent settlements and most were in existence in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Few have any structures remaining to look at today. This list is given to show how many settlements grew up and were abandoned in W.A. it is a historic reference only and not a recommendation of places to go and look at. This shortened version was complied with the aid of a very detailed list compiled by the Morawa District Historical Society. That list includes much more detail and could be an important genealogical reference as many people who lived in these abandoned settlements are named in their list.

 

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NUMBER TOWNS

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

 

'NUMBER' TOWNS

2 MILE
Approx 3 kilometres east of the settlement of Old Town, east of the gazetted but abandoned town of Nunngarra.


4 MILE

Alternative name for - BUNDAWADRA.

4 MILE
Near the present town of
Leonora. About 6 kilometres away.

4 MILE
Located in the Murchison goldfields.

8 MILE
This was the original name for - LENNONVILLE.

11 MILE
North of
Coolgardie on the old coach route to Menzies.

11 MILE TIMBER MILL
About seven kilometres east of the present town of
Waroona. Developed as a timber mill connected to the Millar s Brothers company.

12 MILE
Thought to have been near Nannine.

14 MILE
14 miles south east of
Menzies.

21 MILE
Former name of WHITE FLAG.

25 MILE
May be an alternate name for Erlistown but also could have been a separate settlement.

29 MILE
May be an alternate name for Erlistown but also could have been a separate settlement.

36 MILE POLICE STATION
Also called MAHOGANY FLATS.
Located 36 miles along the old
Albany to Perth Road about sixteen kilometres from
Jarrahdale.

 

42 MILE
North of
Coolgardie on the old coach route to Menzies.

42 MILE
Alternate name for BALGARRI.

45 MILE
North of
Coolgardie on the old coach route to Menzies.

50 MILE
On the road from
Sandstone to the abandoned town of Lawlers.

55 MILE RAILWAY SIDING
Original name for TENINDEWA.

59 MILE
Located between the towns of
Sandstone and Mount Magnet.

71 MILE WELL
Located on the
Sandstone to Mount Magnet Road.

90 MILE
Original name for GOONGARRIE.

 


TOWNS STARTING WITH 'A'

 

ABBOTT'S
29 19  S 118 23  E.
About twenty five kilometres north of
Meekatharra.

Declared a town site in 1900.

AJANA
27 57.1' S 114 38.3' E
Derived from the Aboriginal word Ngajana.

Gazetted on the 26th of November 1915.

A railway dam was constructed in 1913.

AMPHION RAILWAY SIDING
32 45.6' S 116 11.7' E.
Located at the 79 mile mark of the
Pinjarra / Dwellingup / Narrogin railway.

AMPHION TIMBER MILL
Constructed about 1913.

ANACONDA
28 57.8" S 121 46.2".17 E.
Located midway between the abandoned towns of Murrin Murrin and Malcolm. Triggered by copper mining. Gazetted on 25 March 1904.

The names was changed to Eulaminna on 24 July 1907.



ARGYLE POLICE STATION
Wild Dog Swamp near Argyle Station close to the Northern Territory border.

ARRINO
Located on the railway line 205 miles North of
Perth.

ASQUITH TIMBER LOG FALLING CAMP - ASQITH CONCESSION
Approx thirty four kilometres E/SE of Yarloop, Quindianning Road.

Log hauling began from this area in January 1952.

AUSTIN
Alternate name for LAKE AUSTIN
Also known as THE ISLAND LAKE AUSTIN.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'B'


BALAGUNDI
30 44  S 121 41  E.
Twenty kilometres east of
Kalgoorlie.
Named after an Aboriginal well. Gazetted in 1896.

BALGARRI
Also known as - FORTY TWO MILE.
30 29  S 121 07  E.
45 kilometres north north west of
Kalgoorlie.
Gazetted in 1898. Locally known as the "Forty Two Mile". Balgarri is an Aboriginal word but the meaning is not known.

 



BALLA BALLA
20 42  S 117 47  E
Near the coast between
Port Hedland and Roebourne. Was a port for the Whim Creek Copper Mines. Gazetted in 1898. Balla is the Aboriginal name for mud, Balla Balla means lots of mud. There is now a campsite located at Balla Balla.

BAMBOO
20 56  S 120 13  E
54 kilometres north east of Marble Bar.
Gold was discovered on the Bamboo Creek at a place that was called JARMANS by Tom Byass and four others.

Gazetted in 1895.

BANKSIADALE TIMBER MILL
32 39.2' S 116 5.5' E
7 kilometres north of
Dwellingup.
In October 1963 the mill was destroyed by fire.

The site was covered by water from the South Dandalup Dam.

BARDOC
30 20  S 121 18 .37 E
On the railway between
Menzies and Kalgoorlie.
Alluvial gold was found there in 1894.

Bardoc is an Aboriginal word but the meaning is not known.

The town was surveyed and gazetted in 1896

BARRAMBIE
On No. 1 Rabbit Proof Fence near the 284 Mile peg.
Gold was discovered in November 1904 by Walker and Morrissey who were working
on the No. 1 Rabbit Proof Fence.

BARTON'S MILL No. 2
32 3.5' S 116 12.4' E
14 kilometres E/SE of PICKERING BROOK. Located on the old Millar company's railway line.
 

BAXTER & PRINCE NUMBER 1 TIMBER MILL

3.5 Km SW of Donnybrook.

 

BAXTER & PRINCE NUMBER 2 TIMBER MILL
4.5 Km E of Argyle.
 

BAXTER & PRINCE TIMBER MILL

1 Km S of Kirup.

 

BEARDIE POOL
49 Km NE of Pindar.
 

BEELA RAILWAY SIDING
On the State railway line between Brunswick Junction and Worseley.


BEELENE

Alternate name for CHAIN PUMP.
 

BELLCHAMBERS

Alternate name for RANGE VIEW.
 

BERIA
28 34  S 122 23  E.

Near Laverton.
 

BIG BELL
27 19  S 117 39  E
BIG BELL was gazetted as a town site in 1936. The Big Bell Mine was the source of the town's name.  By 1955 the town was deserted.

 

(C) Don Copley

 

BILBERATHA

Alternate names were JOKER and NOTTE'S FIND.

Located 13 Km south of Yalgoo.
 

BIRRIGRIN
Developed after gold was discovered near Woodley's Soak.

 

BLACK FLAG
30 33  S 121 14  E

Gazetted in 1897.
 

BOOGARDIE
28 02  S 117 47  E

7 Km NW of Mount Magnet.
Gazetted in 1898.

 

BOORARA
30 49  S 121 38  E

Gazetted in 1897.

 

BORANUP RAILWAY SIDING

34 11.1' S 115 4.8' E
Located on the old State railway line to from Busselton to Flinders Bay (Augusta) at the 203 mile 15 chain mark. In 1948 the name changed to Dianella. It closed in 1957.
 

BORANUP TIMBER MILL
4 Km N of Karridale. The mill closed in 1910.
 

BOWGADA

Originally called CHUBBLE.
29 20  S 116 10  E

Between Perenjori and Morawa.
 

BOYADINE

Originally called BOYERINE.

33 29.8" S 17 24.6" E

BOYDS

Now known as TUCKANARRA.
 

BROWN HILL
30 46  S 121 30  E

Gazetted in 1899.

 

BULONG

Originally called I.O.U.
30 43  S 121 59  E

34 Km E of Kalgoorlie.

Bulong was gazetted in 1895. The original name suggested for the town was "Boolong", an Aboriginal name for a small soak nearby. The name was adopted but was spelled "Bulong". In November 1893 a group of prospectors, Kennedy, Henry, Hogan, Turnbull and Holmes were granted a lease that they called the I.O.U.
The townsite was gazetted in 1895.



 

BUMMERS CREEK

30 km north east of Leonora off the Leonora - Laverton Road.

Virtually no sign that the town existed now.

 

 

BURBANKS

 

 

1913 Fotball team

 

 

 

BURNAKURA

 

 

BURTVILLE

Originally called MEROLIA.
28 46  S 122 39  E

20 Km SW of Laverton.


 

BUTTERFLY
29 11' S 121 28.2' E

On the railway line between Menzies and the abandoned town of Malcolm.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'C'

 

CALLION

Originally name - SPEAKMAN'S FIND.
30 07' S 120 34' E

60 Km SW Menzies
Gazetted in 1897

 

CAMDEN HARBOUR


CAMPION
Nungarin Shire.
Railway siding.

31 01.3' S 118 30' E
Railway closed in 1957.

CANE GRASS SWAMP HOTEL
90 Mile road near Goongarrie.

CANEGRASS
Railway siding between the present
Kalgoorlie and Menzies.

30 10.6' S 121 08.9' E

closed in 1962.
 

CARINYAH FORESTRY SETTLEMENT
Carinyah Road east of Barton's Mill.

 

CARLAMINDA

Original name - DELANEY'S REEF
12 Km N
Yalgoo.
 

CARON
29 38' S 116 19' E

South of Perenjori
Wheatbelt siding.
 

CELEBRATION CITY
 

CHANDLER
31 06' S 118 25' E

Between Lake Campion and Lake Andler in Nungarin Shire.
Gazetted in 1943
1952 the whole town was put up for sale. Virtually everything sold by October 1953
 

CHESTERFIELD
8 Km NW of NANNINE

 

CHILDE HAROLD
22 Km S
Laverton
 

CHUBBLE

Originally called BOWGADA.


CLAYMORE RAILWAY SIDING
33 43.6' S 115 40.8' E
Wonnerup to Nannup railway
 

CLAYMORE TIMBER MILL
7 Km E of Claymore Railway Siding.
 

CLINCHES WELL
In the vicinity of Coodingnow Station in the Murchison.
 

COMET VALE
29 56 36' S 121 07 34' E

30 Km S Menzies
Gazetted a town site in 1916.


 

CONDON

Widely used name for SHELLBOROUGH.


COODARDUP

Original name for KUDARDUP


COOGLEGONG
On a tributary of the Shaw River.

60 Km SW of Marble Bar


COONDIP

Original name for KUNDIP


COONGAN RAILWAY SIDING
20 52.6' S 119 44.7' E

Siding opened 1913 and closed in 1951
 

COONGAN RIVER
Between Shellborough and Marble Bar/Nullagine.

COORARA CLAYPAN
22 38' S 116 E

Junction of Duck Creek and the Ashburton River in the Pilbara.
 

CORK TREE FLAT

Original name for TUCKANARRA

 

CORRINGLE SETTLEMENT

Also known as Wilson's Patch

28 19' 14 S, 121 09' 55 E.

Half way between Leonora & Leinster, Western Australia. 

An experiment in remote housing for Aboriginal people.

Find out more at : http://www.wilja.asn.au/

 

(C) Max Jefferies

 

COX'S FIND

 

CRAIGGIEMORE

Alternate name for MOUNT MARGARET


CUDDINGWARRA

Name that replaced DEAD FINISH
27 22' S 117 47' E

Near Cue
Originally known as Dead Finish, but Cuddingwarra was the name used the town was gazetted in December 1895


CUTMORES WELL

Original name for - DOYLES WELL.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'D'

 

DARLOT

Original name for WOODARRA.

 

 


DAVYHURST

First called DAVYSTON and MACE'S FIND
30 03' S 120 39' E

SW of Menzies
Gazetted in 1901

 

School picture

 

DAY DAWN

Originally called BUNDAWADRA
27 28 S 117 52 E

6 Km from Cue

 

 

 

 

 


DELANEY'S REEF

Later called CARLAMINDA.


DELLERTON RAILWAY SIDING
33 53.5' S 115 41.5' E

On the railway between Wonnerup and Nannup
Opened in June 1924
 

DESDEMONA
Located between
Menzies and Leonora
 

DESMOND
33 37.5 S 120 08.7' E
 

DONNELLY RIVER TIMBER MILL

34 6.1' S 115 58.6' E
The mill closed in 1978
 

DOYLES WELL

Originally called CUTMORE'S WELL
Between
Leonora and Agnew at the junction of the Turkey and Wilson Creeks.
 

DUKETON
North of
Laverton.

 


 

DUNCAN'S TIMBER MILL

20 Km ENE of Dwellingup

 

DUNDAS
21 Km S of
Norseman.
32 23' S 121 46' E

 

DYKES TIMBER MILL

Gidgegannup area.
 

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'E'

 

EAST KIRUP TIMBER MILL
14 Km NE
Kirup near Grimwade road.
 

EAST MOUNT MAGNET

Original name for PAYNESVILLE.


EAST WITCHCLIFFE TIMBER MILL

2 Km E of Witchcliffe
 

EDERGA
Located between
Yalgoo and Morawa

34 Km SW of Yalgoo
 

EGINA
Pilbara goldfields settlement. Deserted by 1890.
 

ELLIS CREEK TIMBER MILL

13 Km ENE of Nannup.
The mill was dismantled in 1926.

 

ELVERDTON
Ravensthorpe area.
 

ERADU
On the
Geraldton to Mullewa railway line.
 

ERLISTOWN
N of
Laverton.

ETICUP
Located between
Kojonup and Broomehill.

EURO
11 Km from
Laverton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'F"

 

Nothing listed

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'G'

 

GABANINTHA

GABANINTHA and PORLELL are very close to each other and were often mistaken for each other despite the difference in names.

26 55' S 118 39' E 40Km SE of Meekatharra.
The name first appears in April 1894.

Gazetted in November 1898. Town lots remained un-surveyed until 1905.


GALENA
Latitude 27 49.8' S 114 41.5' E
Originally called Geraldine but was renamed in 1921.

 

GALILEA MISSION - CARNARVON AREA
On the bank of the Gascoyne River 4Km from
Carnarvon.
Anglican Mission for Aborigines.

Welsh born, Edward John Brown GRIBBLE was selected to start this mission in 1885.

See Carnarvon for more on his story.


GAP WELL
Near Nannine.

GARDEN WELL

Originally called GARDNERS WELL.
Located between Cuddingwarra and Day Dawn.
 

GERALDINE

See GALENA above.


GIPPSLAND
32Km NNE of Kanowna.
 

GNOWS NEST
20Km SE of
Yalgoo

 

GOODWOOD TIMBER MILL

10Km W of Donnybrook.
 

GOONGARRIE

Originally called 90 MILE or ROARING GIMLET.
30 03' S 121 09' E

On the railway between Menzies and Kalgoorlie.

(C) Derek Graham

 


THE GRANITES

Originally name for YUNDAMINDERA.
 

GRANTS PATCH
Ora Banda area.

 

GRIFFITHSTON

Original name for LINDEN.

 

GRIMWADE

33 41 54.79 S 116 02 54.79 E

Timber mill.

 

Grimwade


GULLEWA
28 40' S 116 19' E

The townsite was gazetted in 1898.

Gullewa Spring was first recorded by John Forrest in 1873.

 

Not much left at Gullewa

(c) Jannifer Harris

 

GUTHA
29 00' S 115 57' E

20Km N Morawa.
Originally it was proposed to call this place Muthingutha, the Aboriginal name of a nearby rock hole but this was shortened to Gutha.

Gutha siding was established in 1913. Gazetted a town site in 1914.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'H'

HACKS
Just south of
Sandstone.
Gold first discovered in January 1903 by the Hacks brothers and partner George Dent. Mining continued until around 1921.


HAKEA TIMBER MILL

37 km east of Yarloop.
Timber mill in use until the early 1950s.

HALFWAY HOUSE HOTEL
About half way between the Nunngarra and Youanmi OR half way between Nunngarra and Lawlers.

HAMPTON PLAINS
51 km from
Coolgardie.

HARBOUR VIEW

Later known as KUNDIP.


HARRINGTON TIMBER MILL

9 Km north of east of Jarrahwood.
Timber mill. Closed in 1888

 

HARRIS

see VIVIEN.


HATTERS HILL
Located in the
Ravensthorpe Shire.

 

HAWKS NEST
1.6 km north of
Ravensthorpe.
Used as the main settlement before
Ravensthorpe developed.

 

HAYES FIND

Original name for  MULGARRIE.


HEDGE'S TIMBER MILL

6 km south west of Donnybrook near the railway line between Donnybrook and Kirup.
 

HIGGINSVILLE
31 45' S 121 43' E

58 km north of Norseman on the railway line between Norseman and Kambalda.
Gold mining settlement gazetted in 1907. Named after the prospector, Patrick Justice Higgins.

Abandoned in the 1920s.

 

HIT OR MISS

Original name for  MULGARRIE.


HOFFMAN No.1 TIMBER MILL

Located near the head of the Bancell Creek. 15 km east of Yarloop.
Timber mill. Destroyed by fire in 1917.

 

HOFFMAN No. 2 TIMBER MILL

Located by the Harvey River south east of Hoffman No. 1 Mill 29 km from Yarloop

On Tallanalla Road. Closed in 1933 then re-opened and closed again in 1964.

HOLYOAKE TIMBER MILL

32 42.9' S 116 5.6' E

3 km east of Dwellingup.
Named after George Jacob Holyoake. Closed in 1958.

 

HOTHAM TIMBER MILL

32 48.3' S 116 19.8' E

26 km east south east of Dwellingup on the old State railway to Boddington.
Operated from 1920 to 1926.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'I'

 

I.O.U.

Original name for BULONG.
 

IVES FIND

Original name for ST. IVES.
 

THE ISLAND LAKE AUSTIN

An alternate version of LAKE AUSTIN.

 

Israelite Bay

(C) Caroline Brocx

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'J'

 

JACKSON

Alternate version of MOUNT JACKSON.
30 12' S 119 07' E

115 km north north east Southern Cross
Gazetted in 1897. The name comes from a nearby hill discovered by Ernest Giles in 1875.
By 1917 it was abandoned.

 

JARRAHDENE TIMBER MILL

14 km north of Karridale.
Began operating in 1899. Owned by M. C. Davies Karri and Jarrah Company Ltd.

Closed in 1913.


JITARNING
32 47.2' S 118 0.1' E

Located on the Williams to Kulin Railway close to the junction of the Williams - Kulin Road and Jitarring South Road.
The name originates from nearby Jitarning Soak.

 

JOKER

Alternate name for BILBERATHA.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'K'

 

KAMBALLIE

 

Kamballie Hotel

 

KANOWNA
30 37' S 121 36' E

20 km north east of Kalgoorlie.
White Feather mine was established by 1893 near what became the town of Kanowna

Another source suggests that the mine was started in 1894 under the name of Day Dawn.

The town was gazetted in December 1894.

The population in 1897 was about 2500 and increased to 12500 by 1899.

Virtually nothing remains today but a few foundations.

 

Kanowna railway station

Kanowna fire brigade

White Feather Mine

Catholic Church

Police Station
 

KATHLEEN
27 31' S 120 34' E

50 km north of Leinster.
Gold was discovered in the area in 1897.
Townsite gazetted in 1900. Originally called Kathleen Valley.

 

KLONDYKE TIMBER MILL

Was located on a spur line of the Millars Bros. timber lines east of Yarloop.
Operated from 1899 until sometime after 1900.

Also known as No. 4 Mill.


KOCKATEA

Original name of TENINDEWA.


KOOLANOOKA


KUNANALLING
30 40.9' S 121 04.1' E

Kununalling

(C) Derek Graham

 

Kununalling as it once was

School

Hotel

 

KUNDIP

Also known as HARBOUR VIEW and COONDIP.
33 41' S 120 11' E

Located between Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun.
Gold and copper discovered here in 1899.

Surveyor Alfred. W. Canning proposed the name Coondip, and a town reserve was set in June 1901.

Gazetted in 1902 and the spelling was changed to Cundip.

Railway arrived in 1909. The town struggled on until 1950.
 

KURNALPI
30 32.1' S 122 13.6' E

Gold was found here in 1894. By 1901 the population was 262 Of this number 250 were male.
The town seems to have carried on until just after 1910.

 

Kurnalpi (c) Steve Mogridge

(c) Steve Mogridge

 

KURRAJONG

Also known as DIORITE KING.
28 43' S 121 06' E

40 km north west of Leonora.
Gold found in 1894-5. Town site established about 3 km from the gold find.

Town site surveyed by H. S. King in 1897 and gazetted in 1899.

Kurrajong an Aboriginal name for a type of tree.

 

KURRAWANG

Kurrawang School 1907

 

KWINANA MISSION
Located on the shores of  Augustus water 18 km west north west of Kuri Bay.
This was a mission..
 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'L'

 

LAKE AUSTIN

Also called ISLAND LAKE AUSTIN.
27 38 S 117 52 E

Located on an island in Lake Austin on the western side of the Great Northern Highway.
Explorer Robert AUSTIN originally named the lake Great Inland Marsh.
Gazetted in 1895.
 

LAKE DARLOT

Old name for WOODARRA.


LAKE DEBORAH

 

LAKE SIDE

 

Lake Side School


LANCEFIELD

 

Gold Mine

LARKINVILLE
Dates from 1930.

1,135 ounce Golden Eagle nugget was found here in January 1931.

 

LAWLERS
28 05' S 120 31' E

South of Agnew

Town site gazetted 1896

Peak population of 8,000 people.

 

LENNONVILLE

Originally called EIGHT MILE
27 58' S 117 50' E

13 km from Mount Magnet
Gold discovered in 1894

The town site gazetted in 1898.

 



LEWIS & REID TIMBER MILLS FORWARD CAMP

Located near Collie. Timber mill.

 

LINDEN

Previously known as GRIFFITHSTON.
29 18' S 122 26' E

Located on the southern edge of Lake Carey

Gold found in  1895.

240kms NE of Kalgoorlie. At its height it had a population of 70. Very little remains today including an oven, the old mine and from more recent times this old Vauxall Victa. (Courtesy Steve Mogridge).

Town gazetted in January 1897.

 

Linden (c) Steve Mogridge

Linden (c) Steve Mogridge
 

LION TIMBER MILL

Former name of MOUNT HELENA

Located east of Midland Junction.
 

LOCKEVILLE TIMBER MILL

2.5 km north east of Wonnerup.

LUCKNOW TIMBER MILL

10 km south west of Collie.
Dates from about September 1909.

Destroyed by fire in 1912.

 

LUNENBURGH RAILWAY SIDING

Old name for FERNBROOK RAILWAY SIDING


LYALL'S TIMBER MILL
10 km south south west of Collie.
Dates from 1904.

The mill was destroyed by fire in February 1918 and rebuilt but destroyed again in March 1936. After the second fire the mill was only rebuilt to half its former size.

The mill closed in 1968.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'M'

MACE'S FIND

Later known as DAVYHURST.


MAHOGANY FLATS POLICE STATION

Also called 36 MILE POLICE STATION.


MAINLAND
27 35' S 117 55' E

Located on the north shore of Lake Austin 15 km south of Cue
The name was given to distinguish this settlement from The Island.

Gold was discovered in 1892 and the town site was gazetted in 1898.


MALCOLM

Originally called Mount Malcolm

28 56' S 121 31' E

20 km east of Leonora on the Laverton road.
Gold discovered 1895-6

The name is from the nearby Mount Malcolm named by John Forrest. in 1869 after Malcolm Hamersley who was with Forrest.

The town site was gazetted in 1897

In 1900 there were a number of stone buildings in the town. Kerosene street lamps were in use and there was even a swimming pool.

In 1903 there were 210 buildings in the town and the population reached 450.

 

 

 

 

Steam traction engine

Mechanics Institute

Railway

 

MALLINA
20 53' S 118 02' E

Located between Roebourne and Port Hedland.
Gold discovered in 1887 by Jimmy Withnell.

The population in 1890 was 120.

Townsite gazetted in 1896.
 

MANGOWINE
31 2' S 118 5.5' E

North of Nungarin

Charles Frederick Adams took up residence in 1874.
 

MANINGA

 

MARLEY
30 km from Sandstone.
Gold discovered 1903 by E. Arundal and M. Dwyer.

Continued to operate until 1927.


MARADONG
301 km south west of Perth near Williams district.

MARCHAGEE
30 03' S 116 04' E

23 km south of Coorow.
Reserve for travellers declared in 1876.

Townsite gazetted in 1927.
 

MARRANUP

Alternate spelling of  MARRINUP.


MARRINUP RAILWAY SIDING
32 42.2' S 116 1.6' E

Located on the Pinjarra to Dwellingup railway.

 

MARRINUP TIMBER MILL
North side of Marrinup Brook 5 km west of Dwellingup

Operated from about 1910 to 1936 with some periods of closure between.

 

MAYA

Previously known as POCANMAYA.
29 53' S 116 30' E

Located on the railway between WUBIN and LATHAM.
Gazetted in 1913.

 

MELITA
Located on railway between Menzies and MALCOLM.

 

MELVILLE

Early name for NOONGAL.


MEROLIA

Early name for BURTVILLE.


MERTONDALE
28 40' S 121 32' E

29 km north east of Leonora.
Gold discovered in 1898 by Fred Merton.

Townsite gazetted in 1899.

Abandoned by 1910.

MESSENGERS PATCH
46 km south of Yalgoo.
Alf Messenger was the first to find gold here.

 

MILLBROOK RAILWAY SIDING
Located on the Brunswick Junction to Collie railway  but the exact location is unsure.

Timber Mill built by William Atkins.

Abandoned by 1924.

 

MOIR HOMESTEAD


Moir Homestead

 

MONTAGUE
North of BIRRIGRIN in the Montague Ranges.

Tom Paine pegged the first two mining leases in 1904.

MOOJEBING
33 36' S 117 30' E

Located between the towns of Woodanilling and Katanning on Trimmer road.
Gazetted in 1892.

 

MOOLYELLA
10 km east north east of Marble Bar.
Tin discovered in 1899.

MORNINGTON TIMBER MILLS

 6.5 km south east of Wokalup.
Timber concession acquired in 1894 but no development done until 1898.
The mill closed in 1966 but continued to be used as a P&C camp.

 

MOUNT CATHERINE
Located near YERILLA
 

MOUNT DAWSON

Alternate name for - MOUNT MORTIMER.


MOUNT HIGGINS

Original name for MULWARRIE.


MOUNT IDA
29 03' S 120 30' E

100 km west of Leonora.
Gold discovered in 1895.

The name originates with John Forrest.

Gazetted in May 1898.

 

Mount Ida

 

Mount Ida

 

Mount Ida

 

Mount Ida

 

Mount Ida

 

Mount Ida (c) Steve Mogridge

Mount Ida in more recent times (c) Steve Mogridge

MOUNT JACKSON

Also known as JACKSON.


MOUNT MALCOLM

Early name for MALCOLM.


MOUNT MARGARET

Alternate name for CRAIGGIEMORE.

28 49' S 122 10' E

Located between Leonora and Laverton.
The name comes from a nearby hill named by John Forrest in 1869 after Margaret Elvire Hamersley who he later married.

Gold was discovered here but the date is uncertain as it is listed as between the 1880s and 1892.

Town site gazetted in May 1897.

 

MOUNT MONGER
Located near BULONG

 

MOUNT MORGANS
28 46' S 122 03' E

71 km east north east of Leonora.
Gold discovered in 1896

Named after E. A. Morgans who later became Premier of Western Australia.

Gazetted in December 1899.

Mostly abandoned by 1937

 

 

MOUNT MORTIMER

Alternate name for MOUNT DAWSON.
23 1' S 116 33 ' E

Located near Mount Mortimer south of the Ashburton River.

 

MOUNT PALMER

Southeast of Southern Cross.

Originally had a population of 500.

 

Mount Palmer (c) Steve Mogridge

All that remains of the hotel (c) Steve Mogridge
 

MOUNT SIR SAMUEL

see SIR SAMUEL


MOYAGEE

see NEDS WELL.


MUDDADA POOL

Alternate spelling of MUDDEDA POOL.


MUDDEDA POOL

Alternate spelling of MUDDADA POOL.
55 km east north east of Pindar.

MULGABBIE
Near  Kurnalpi.
 

MULGARRIE

Previously known as HAYE'S FIND or HIT OR MISS.
30 23' S 121 30' E

40 km north of Kalgoorlie.
Gazetted in 1897

 

MULLINE
29 48' S 120 31' E

40 km west of Menzies
Gold discovered in mid 1890s.

Gazetted in 1897

 

State battery

Store and Bank

 

Victoria Hotel

 

MULWARRIE

Previously known as MOUNT HIGGINS.
30 00' S 120 33' E

50 km south west of Menzies.
Gold discovered by Paddy Higgins.

Gazetted in September 1900.


MUMMARRA

see STAKE WELL.


MUNARRA

see STAKE WELL.


MUNARRA GULLY
16 km from Nannine.
 

MUNBINNIA
Coach way station.

Abandoned by 1895


MUNGARI
30 51' S 121 17' E

16 km south west of Kalgoorlie on the old railway to Coolgardie.

Gazetted in December 1897 as Mungarri. Name changed to MUNNGARI in 1904. It was not until 1974 that MUNGARI was used.

A military training camp was located there in WWI


MUNGARRIE

Alternative spelling of MUNGARI.


MURRIN MURRIN
28 55' S 121 49' E

50 km east of Leonora.

 

Hotel

 

Barber

Mine



MURRUM
Located on the old Yalgoo to Mount Magnet railway line.
Railway siding.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH 'N'

 

NALLAN RAILWAY SIDING
27 15.6' S 117 59.3' E

On the old railway between Cue and Meekatharra (276 mile 75 chain mark.)
Officially operated from 1922 to 1966 but the area was in use well before that.

 

NANGA
32 48.2' S 116 5.6' E
 

NANGA BROOK TIMBER MILL
Located by Nanga Brook close to the junction with the Murray River south of
Dwellingup.
Timber mill.
Closed by 1933 but small scale work went on until 1940 when it was destroyed by fire.

 

NANNINE
26 53' S 118 20' E

30km south south west of Meekatharra.
Gold found around 1890.

Gazetted in 1893

 

NARROWTHARRA.
32 km east of
Yalgoo.

NARROWTHARRA

 Alternate spelling of - NANNOWTHARRA.


NEDS WELL

Alternate name for MOYAGEE.

South of Cue.
 

NEW EDJUDINA

Older name for  YARRI.


NEWLANDS RAILWAY SIDING

Alernate name for NEWLANDS TIMBER MILL


NEWLANDS TIMBER MILL

33 40.1' S 115 52.6' E

On the old railway between Donnybrook and Kirup.
Opened in 1898.


NIAGARA [north]
Located between the abandoned towns of NIAGARA and MALCOLM.

 

NIAGARA
29 22' S 121 26' E
Mining started around 1895.

Gazetted in 1896.


NINGHAN
Yalgoo area.

NINGHAN STATION

See PINYALLING.


NOONGAL

Originally called MELVILE
28 11' S 116 45' E

12 km north of Yalgoo
Gold discovered in 1895.


NOTTE'S FIND

See BILBERATHA.


NUGADONG
30 12' S 116 39' E

10 km north of Dalwallinu.
Located on the
Wongan Hills to Mullewa Railway.

Dates from 1913

Gazetted in 1914.
 

NUNGARIN [North]

2 km north of Nungarin railway siding.

NUNNGARRA

Also called BLACK RANGE.
28 05' S 119 15' E

14 km south of Sandstone
Gazetted in 1903.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH O

 

OGILVIES

4.8 km north Lawlers.

Close to Agnew.

OLD TOWN

Called this after Nunngarra was erected. Probably not what it was originally called.

Located between the Mount Magnet and Lawlers.

Gold mining town.
Gold found initially by George Woodley around 1889.

Ernest E. Shillingham, George Ralph, Thomas Wright, John McIntyre and A. Frenchy Angelo found gold in 1894 and for some reason were credited with the find here.

More gold was discovered in 1903 triggering a gold rush.
 

ONSLOW - old town

21 38' S 114   50' E

Near the mouth of the Ashburton River.
A port associated with pearling.

Settlement dates from 1866-7 but didn't really get established properly until the 1870s.

The old town dates from 1885.

Sir Alexander Campbell Onslow K.B. was the source of the name.

It was never a good deep-water port and a new location was selected in 1922.

 

Old Onslow

(C) Max Jefferies

 

ONTERU

Original name of WILROY.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH P

 

P.W.D. TIMBER MILL

15 km south east of Dwellingup.

Once connected by rail to Amphion Siding on the old state railway line to Boddington.


PADDINGTON

Located between Kalgoorlie and Menzies.
Gold mining town.
Goldfield discovered in 1894.

Some of the mines were the Pakeha, Mt. Corlic, Star of W.A. and Paddington Consuls mine. The latter was the largest in the area employing 4-500 men. Closed down in 1901.
The town amalgamated with
Broad Arrow in 1903.
 

PAYNESVILLE

Earlier names: PAYNTON - FORDS - EAST MOUNT MAGNET.
28   01' S 118   30' E

77 km east of Mount Magnet.
Gold mining town.
Gold was discovered in this area in early 1898 by Tom Payne and Waldeck.

By April 1899 locals were using the name Paynesville.
Gazetted in 1900.

Named after Tom Payne.

PAYNTON

 Early name for PAYNESVILLE.


PEAK HILL

25   38' S 118   43' E

120 km of Meekatharra .
Gold mining town.
Gold discovered by William John Wilson in 1892.

The names originates from Peak Hill in New South Wales.

The townsite was gazetted in 1897.

 

Peak Hill

(C) Don Copley


PENDINNIE

Former name of PENNYWEIGHT POINT.


PENDINNIE SOAK

Also spelled PINDINNIS SOAK.
8 km south of the abandoned settlement of Yundamindera.

Appears to date from around 1895 when there was a mud hut and attacxhed garden about 200 metres from the soak.

Gazetted as a 300 acre Reserve in November 1896.


PENNYWEIGHT POINT

Formerly called PENDINNIE.
Located 10 km west of Pyke's Hollow and 13 km north of Pendennie Soak.
Gold mining town.
Gold discovered by Henry Wood, Charles Fallis, Robert Lindsay, Michael Slater and Patrick Higgins in June 1895. The rush was short lived


PIG WELL
19 km north of the abandoned town of Malcolm.
Gold mining town.

PIKES HOLLOW

Called NUNYARRA by the Aboriginies.
Between the abandoned settlement of Yundamindera and Lake Carey.
Gold mining town.
The first leases taken up around mid 1895.

Early mines included Hands Across the Bar, Nine of Hearts, Harlech
Castle and Scotchman.
A settlement started at the base of an unusual conical limestone hill. By 1897 30 people were living there.


PILBARRA
Located at Pilbarra Pool on the Pilbarra Creek near Yule River south of
Port Hedland.
Harry Wells found gold but some sources say Ben Christie was the
discoverer.

 

PINDALUP RAILWAY SIDING
32   46.7' S 116   15.9' E

Between Pinjarra and Dwellingup on the Narrogin State railway.
First called Vincent in 1913. Renamed in 1922.


PINDALUP PORT's Number 1 TIMBER MILL

20 km east south east of Dwellingup on the old State railway line to Narrogin.
 

PINDALUP PORT's Number 2 TIMBER MILL
23 km east south east of
Dwellingup 5 km north of the old State
railway line to
Narrogin.
 

PINDATHUNA
28 km north of
Yalgoo. Reserve 2968 that was declared in 1895.

PINDINNIS SOAK

Alternate spelling of - PENDINNIE SOAK.


PINTHARUKA
29   05' S 115   58' E

13 km north of Morawa.
Originally a railway siding.

PINYALLING
Located on Ninghan pastoral station possibly near Pinyalling Hill east of Mongers lake.

Gold mining area.
In 1901 there were 13 houses with 20 inhabitants.


PLAVINS RAILWAY SIDING

See PLAVINS TIMBER MILL.


PLAVIN'S TIMBER MILL
About 12 km east north east of
Collie.
Timber milling.
Built about 1918.


PLAVINS TIMBER MILL - DWELLINGUP AREA
32   44.6' S 116   9' E

8.7 km east south east of Dwellingup on the old State railway line to Boddington
Timber milling.

POISON CREEK
Next to a pool on Poison Creek between
Agnew and Leonora.
Stage coach way station James Nicholas' Cobb & Co coaches that went through to Lawlers from 1896.

POONDINO

Also called POONDINO HILLS.
Located on the old railway line from
Port Hedland to Marble Bar. 25 km east of
South Hedland near Poondino Hills.

PORLELL

Originally called STAR OF THE EAST also STAR.

26   56' S 118   36' E

23 km east of the abandoned town of Nannine.
Gold mining town.
Gold discovered in the mid 1890's by L. R. Menzies.

The name Porlelle was originally suggested (after a small nearby lake) but the spelling was amended to Porlell and the townsite was gazetted in November 1899.


PORT'S NUMBER 1 TIMBER MILL

11 km east of Roelands near the Coalfields road.
Timber milling.
Established in 1893 by James Cornish Port.

PORT'S NUMBER 2 TIMBER MILL
Located near the 24 mile mark of the government railway between
Donnybrook and Boyanup.
The mill closed in about 1900.


PORT'S NUMBER 3 TIMBER MILL
15.5 km east south east of Roelands on the Coalfields Road.

PRESTON NUMBER 2 TIMBER MILL
1.5 km north north west of Lowden. 127


PRINCESS ROYAL
32   07' S 121   48' E

16 km north north east of Norseman.
Gold mining town.
Chester, Peddler and Flanagan discovered reef gold there in 1895.

Alluvial gold was discovered in August 1901.
Gazetted in 1904.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH Q

 

QUINDALUP TIMBER MILLS
3 km inland from Quindalup.
Henry Yelverton and McGibbon took up a timber lease on the coastline of Geographe Bay. The mill was connected to a jetty at Quindalup by a 3 km wooden railed horse tramway and operated from 1858. Timber for the Ceylon Railways was the first  shipmenty and was sent in 1859.


QUINNS
No details.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH R

 

RANGE VIEW

Also called BELLCHAMBERS.
South of Sandstone on the road to the settlement of
Paynes Find.

16 km from the abandoned town of Nunngarra.

REDCASTLE
17.5 km north west of the abandoned town of Yundamindera.

REEDY
27   08' S 118   17' E

70 km north east of Cue.
Gold mining town.
Gold discovered in the early 1930's. A request was made by
the Cue-Day Dawn Road Board for a townsite to be surveyed and declared in 1933. The names Mathers and Triton were suggested but Reedy was selected gazetted in 1934.

The comes from Reedy's Well, named after H. Reed who discovered gold in this area around 1899-1900.
 

ROARING GIMLET

Early name for - GOONGARRIE.


ROTHSAY

Known earlier as WOODLEY'S FIND.
29   17' S 116   53' E

70 km east north east from Perenjori.
Gold mining town.
Gold was discovered here George Woodley in 1894.

 Woodley sold his claim to a Scottish company in 1895.

The town site was gazetted in 1898.
This townsite is probably named after the Scottish town of Rothesay.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH S

 

ST IVES
80 km south of
Kalgoorlie between Lake Lefroy and Lake Cowan.
Gold mining town.
Pat IVES discovered gold here in 1919.

The district's name changed from Ives Find to St. Ives by the Minister for Mines.
By 1927 mining has all but ceased.

 

SCOTIA
A railway siding on line between
Kalgoorlie & Menzies.
 

SEXTON & DRYSDALE TIMBER MILL

19 km north east of Collie.

Timber Mill.


SHADOW OF DEATH

Alternate name for GOLDEN GROVE HOTEL.


SHELLBOROUGH

Commonly called CONDON.
20   00' S 119   22' E.

137 km east of Port Hedland at Condon Landing on Condon Creek.

Pearling and pastoral industry port.
A pearling fleet operated from here from 1871.

Townsite was surveyed in 1872 and was referred to as Condong. Gazetted in 1872

as Shellborough.

The townsite was re-surveyed in 1893 and the population peaked at about 200. By 1905 most people had moved on to the new settlement at Port Hedland.


SIBERIA

Originally called WAVERLEY.
30   15' S 120   57' E.

86 km north west of Kalgoorlie.
Gold mining town.
Billy Frosrt and Bob Bonner found gold here in 1893.

Townsite was surveyed in 1898 and was originally called Waverley. This was opposed by the post office and was changed to Siberia in 1914.

The town was finally abandoned in 1954.

 

Siberia (c) Steve Mogridge

(c) Steve Mogridge

 

SIR SAMUEL
27   38' S 120   33' E

43 km south of Wiluna.
Gold mining town.
Gold was first discovered in 1895.

The townsite was gazetted in 1897.

The name comes from the nearby feature of Mount Sir Samuel that was named after Sir Samuel James Way, Chief Justice and Lieutenant Governor of South Australia.
The town was abandoned by 1911.


SMITHFIELD
North of
Kalgoorlie.
Gold mining town.
Gold found here in 1894.


SPEAKMAN'S FIND

Original name for CALLION.


SQUARE WELL
In the
Yalgoo area north of Narrowtharra.

Approx 116   48' E 28   S


STAKE WELL

Also known as MUMMARRA and later MUNARRA.
57 km north of
Cue.

Originally a well site that developed with the arrival of the railway around 1893.


STAR

An early name for PORLELL.


STAR OF THE EAST

An early name for PORLELL.


SUSSEX TIMBER MILL

12 km south south east of Jarrahwood.
Timber mill.
The mill was constructed 1923 and operated until 1939.


SWAN TIMBER MILL

One source says it was located 3 km south east of Claymore on Claymore Road but another says it was by the Ludlow River on the Goodwood Road.
Dates from 1920 and operated to around 1939.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH T

 

TALGA TALGA
Located Near the Coongan River. Access was via the port of Shellborough.
Gold mining town.
Dates from aroun 1897.

TAMPA
29   13' S 121   27' E

50 km south of Leonora.
Gold mining town.
Gold was discovered here in the late 1890s.

Tampa was gazetted in 1897.


TARDUN

Originally called UNDATARRA.
28   47' S 115   45' E

41 km south east of Mullewa.
Railway siding.

Townsite was gazetted in 1913 and was named Undatarra.
In 1925 the Secretary for Railways decided that the name was too similar to Utakarra so the name was changed to Tardun.

 

Tardun hall


TAURUS
Located near the abandoned town of Bulong.

TENINDEWA

Previously called 55 MILE SIDING and then KOCKATEA.
28   37' S 115   22' E

15 km west south west of Mullewa.
Railway siding.
The Geraldton to Mullewa railway constructed in 1894 but the siding was not constructed until 1908. The townsite of Tenindewa was gazetted in 1913.

An army camp was located there during the WWII.
 

Tenindewa


TILGA-TILGA

Previous spelling of TALGA-TALGA.


TIMBER CORPORATION TIMBER MILL
3 km east of Greenbushes.
Constructed in 1899. Operated until 1926.


TORBAY C & E MILLAR TIMBER MILL NUMBER 1
5.5 km west south west of Torbay.
Operating from around 1886 to 1888.
 

TORBAY C & E MILLAR TIMBER MILL NUMBER 2
4 km south west of Torbay.

TREESVILLE TIMBER MILL
33   10.2' S 116   19.2' E
Near the Harris River 40 km east of Mornington.

Opened in 1920 and closed in 1928. Reopened in 1935 and closed again in 1938.

Opened yet again in 1940, finally closed in 1956.
 

TUCKANARRA

Previously called CORK TREE FLAT and BOYD'S.
27   07' S 118   05' E

72 km south of Meekatharra.

Gold mining town.
Gold was discovered by Boyle and Moore in 1897.

Townsite gazetted in 1899.

The name may come from an Aboriginal word meaning P "camp of the wooden dish".

TULLIS RAILWAY SIDING
32   48.4' S 116   23.2' E

At the 92 mile 35 chain mark of the Dwellingup to Narrogin railway line.
Opened by 1922, abandoned circa 1948.


TULLIS TIMBER MILL
29 km east south east of Dwellingup.
Built in 1936 and was closed in 1951.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH U

 

ULARRING

Located between Coolgardie and Daveyhurst.

 

Ularring (c) Steve Mogridge

(c) Steve Mogridge

 

UNDATARRA

Earlier name for TARDUN.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH V

 

VINCENT RAILWAY SIDING

See PINDALUP RAILWAY SIDING


VINCENT TIMBER MILL
4 km north of Benjinup Railway Siding south of Noggerup.
Built n 1910 and operated for only a couple of years.

 

VIVIEN

Also called HARRIS.
27   59' S 120   34' E

4 km south west Leinster.
Gold mining town.
Dates from around 1903. Townsite gazetted in 1906.

May be namned after the author May Vivienne who wrote a book on travels in the Western Australian goldfields that was published in 1902.

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH W

 

WADDINGTON

30   50' 10.76 S 116   16' 05.97 E

Located on the Great Northern Highway between New Norcia and Walebing.

Buildings at the settlement included the Victoria Plains Hotel (8 rooms + 3 rooms detached), Stable 60ft x 24ft, General Store & Building (6 rooms), Blacksmith's shop (2 rooms), Carpenter's Shop, Bootmaker's shop,  Hall (appeared later) - moved to a farm in Miling and also a racecourse, Sports Club, (Garden, Vineyard - possibly associated with hotel)
Events:
~1871 Victoria Plains Road Board formed.
10-Jan-1887 New Year celebrated by a Cricket Match near the Victoria Plains Hotel on the "worst ground for cricket that I ever saw"
17-Jan-1887 Old man shot in leg by a man supposed to be "under the influence of delirium tremens" at the Victoria Plains Hotel. In the report, it appears that the rooms were shared (3 men in this case). "Bar Parlour" keeper was Mr John Brown. The offender was sentenced to 8 years gaol in the Supreme Count (31-Mar-1887).
Feb May-1888 Many advertisements promoting Wongan Goldfields placed by John Brown, Waddington, Victoria Plains
19-Dec-1888 Gold was reported as discovered in the Wongan Hills, 30 miles east of Waddington.
26-Dec-1888 Waddington Boxing Day Athletic Sports
04-Mar-1890 Advertisement for sale of Blacksmith and Wheelwright's shop with Cottage. Apply to John Brown Victoria Plains Hotel, Waddington
08-Apr-1891 Victoria Plains Racing Club Meeting
08-Aug-1891 First Annual Ploughing competition held at Mr John Brown's field, Waddington, Victoria Plains
1892 Midland Railway completed
25-Feb-1893 Mortgagee's sale incl. Victoria Plains Hotel (8 rooms + 3 rooms detached), Stable 60ft x 24ft, Store & Building (6 rooms),
Blacksmith's shop (2 rooms), Carpenter's Shop, Garden, Vineyard, Bootmaker's shop, "known as Waddington Townsite", Victoria Plains.
07-Oct-1898 Education District registration for 
21-Aug-1902 Victoria Plains Farmers Association held its 11th Annual ploughing competition at Waddington.
~1904 Liquor License lapsed due to poor state of Hotel.
04-Dec-1907 Liquor Licence application by A.C.Norwood for wayside house previously called Victoria Plains Hotel refused.
10-Jun-1908 Liquor Licence application by A.C.Norwood for wayside house refused.
11-Mar-1914 Victoria Plains Racing Club licence disqualification, due to racing without a licence, removed.
29-Apr-1917 Reported that Private C. Norwood, wounded in France. Parents reside at Waddington.
Aug-1925 Railway to Miling completed.
08-Sep-1927 Victoria Plains Racing Club renamed Waddington Racing Club.
26-Feb-1930 Victoria Plains Race Meeting held at Waddington.
31-Dec-1927 Waddington Sports Committee Race Meeting.
26-Nov-1932 Victoria Plains R.S.L. held a dance at the Waddington Hall.
31-Dec-1933 Annual meeting of the Victoria Plains Race Club held at Waddington.
03-Oct-1931 Victoria Plains Agricultual Society postponed its next annual show, to be held at Waddington, for 12 months.
31-Mar-1936 A 21st Birthday Party was held at the Waddington Hall.
25-Sep-1937 (at Waddington ) Annual show of the Victoria Plains Agricultural Society.
24-Sep-1938 Victoria Plains Agricultural Society show day and evening ball.
12-Apr-1951 Victoria Plains Agricultural Society renamed Waddington Agricultural Society'

Information on Waddington kindly compiled by Peter Gee.

More information : http://inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au/Public/Inventory/PrintSingleRecord/b4cec2e6-b17a-4d22-b365-77b254db3fee

 

Waddington Waddington

Waddington Waddington

 

WADGINGARRA
7 km south east of Carlaminda.
Gold mining town.
Gold was first found here by Eaton, Brownrigg and Murphey in 1894.
 

WALGOOLAN

21 22 33 S 118 33 53.57 E

Located between Carrabin and Burracoppin on the Great Eastern Highway.

Originally a railway siding that was established in the mid 1890s.

Townsite gazetted in 1923.

The name is of Aboriginal origin and is said to mean 'place where short bushes grow'.

The town was abandoned in the 1940s.

 

Walgoolan

Walgoolan

(C) Caroline Brocx


WARRIEDAR
29 08 03.64 S 117 10 37.53 E

Gold mining area.
Known to be in existence from about 1920-1923.


WATEROUS
32   54' S 115   59' E

10 km south east of Waroona on McKnoe Brook.
Timber mill.
Mill built in 1897 and townsite developed in 1907.

The townsite name came from the sawmill which was named after the single cylinder steam engine made by the Waterous Engine Works of Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

Mill closed 1909.

A large water wheel on the brook (constructed by Thomas Vickery Johns) was removed in
1973.


WAVERLEY

Previous name of SIBERIA.


WELLINGTON TIMBER MILL
11 km east north east Boyanup Junction on Ferguson Road.
Timber milling in this area dates from 1891.

The mills closed down in August 1899 and then re-opened in October 1900.

Operations continued until 1946.


WHITE FLAG

Previously named 21 MILE.
5.5 km
Coolgardie.

WHITE WELL
The the intersection of the old road from
Sandstone to Mount Magnet crosses the Number 1 Rabbit Proof Fence.

WHITTACKERS TIMBER MILL
5 km south east of
North Dandalup Dam.
Operated from about 1904 to 1944 when the mill burned down.

 

Whittacker's Mill


WILD DOG POLICE STATION

See ARGYLE POLICE STATION


WILGA RAILWAY SIDING

See WILGA TIMBER MILL.


WILGA TIMBER MILL
33   41.6' S 116   13.8' E
Dates from around 1915 and operated until 1984.

 

WILLOWDALE FORESTS DEPARTMENT SETTLEMENT
Located by the Millars Brothers company railway line east of
Yarloop.

WILROY

Previously called ONTERU.
28   38' S 115   38' E

41 km south east of Mullewa.
Railway siding.
Dates from 1913 when it was named Onteru. In 1915 it was changed to Kockatea but in 1921 it changed again to Wilroy.

The name may originate from the names of two settlers, William and Roy Duncan.The townsite is now a nature reserve.


WINDANYA
30   22' S 121   15' E

48 km north north west of Kalgoorlie on the road to Menzies.
Gold mining town.
Gold was discovered in the mid 1890's.  The townsite was gazetted in 1897.

 

WOODARRA

Previously called DARLOT or LAKE DARLOT.
27   56' S 121   18' E

80 km west of Leinster.
Gold mining town.
Gold was discovered in the mid 1890's.

Townsite was surveyed in 1896.

The townsite was gazetted in 1898.

An old cemetery can be found north of Melrose station.
 

WITTENOOM

22 14' 17" S 118 19' 52" E

See  Wittenoom page.


WOODLEY'S FIND

Early name for ROTHSAY.


WOOLADDIE
Located near
Menzies.

Dates from around 1899.


WOOLGAR

Original name for YUNNDAGA.


WOOLGERONG

27 26 03.74 S 117 23 00.88 E
60 km west of
Cue.
Way station Marsh & McKenzie coach company.


WOOLUBAR DAM
Near the now abandoned settlement of Feysville located at the junction of the old
Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie roads to Kambalda.

WOOP WOOP TIMBER MILL
6 km north west of the Wilga Railway Siding south of Noggerup.

WRIGHTS TIMBER MILL
3.5 km east of Boyanup. [Some doubt about this location].

WURAMING
32   47.6' S 116   16.8 E

 18.5 km from Holyoke on the Hotham Valley State railway from Pinjarra.
Dates from 1913.

Originally called Campbell.

Gazetted in 1924.


WURAMING TIMBER MILL
32   48.4' S 116 16.6' E.

6 km south of Wuraming (above).
Dates from 1913.


WURARGA

28 24 55.04 S 116 17 04.33 E
Located on the former
Yalgoo to Mount Magnet railway line.
Railway siding.
 

Wurarga

(c) Jennifer Harris

 

 

TOWNS STARTING WITH Y

 

YANDANOOKA
29   19' S 115   34' E

20 km south east of Mingenew.
Railway siding.
The name comes from an Aboriginal word meaning 'lots of hilly country'.

The name has also been spelled Yendenooka. Thomas Whitfield settled in this area in the 1850s. The Midland Railway opened in 1895.
The siding's location was moved 4 km south in 1902.

The townsite was surveyed in 1913 but not gazetted until 1919.

 

YARLOOP No. 5 TIMBER MILL

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YARRI

Previously known as NEW EDJUDINA.
29   47' S 122   22' E

140kms NE of Kalgoorlie on the back road to Linden and Laverton
Gold mining town.
Gold was discovered in 1902.

The initial suggestion for the name was Yarrie. Applying spelling rules for Aboriginal
names, the Lands Department changed it to Yarri, and the townsite was gazetted in January 1903. No lots were ever sold and the site was cancelled in 1904. A new site was surveyed and gazetted in 1908.

 

Yarri (c) Steve Mogridge

Yarri (c) Steve Mogridge


YARRIE STATION
Located by Eel Creek, a tributary of the De Gray River.

East south east of Port Hedland.
The station acted as a general supply store for gold prospectors in the late 1880's.


YERILLA
29   29' S 121   50' E

105 km east north east of Menzies.
Gold mining town.
Gold discovered in 1895.

The townsite was gazetted in November 1896.

YOUANI

Original name for YOUANMI.


YOUANMI - Originally named - YUANI.
28   37' S 118   50' E

90 km south west of Sandstone.
Gold mining town.
Gold was discovered in 1896 but not in sufficient quantity to attract many people. In 1908 new discoveries were made and by 1910 a request was made for a townsite be declared.

The townsite was gazetted in 1910 but the spelling at that time was Yuani. When it was realised that this spelling would lead to the name being mis-pronounced it was changed in 1910 to Youanmi. The 'mi' being pronounced as 'me'.

The names Euanni, and Coorang were also used for this town.

YOWERAGABBIE
28 14' S 117 38' E

28 km south west of Mount Magnet.
Yoweragabbie was one of the original sidings on the
Mullewa-Cue railway line in 1898.

The townsite was gazetted in 1914 but little development ever took place.

YUIN
Yalgoo area.
Dates from around 1900.


YUNDAMINDERA

Previously called the GRANITES.
29  07' S 122 02' E

70 km east north east of Kookynie.
Gold mining town.
In 1897 R. H. Wood and his nephew Julius Deimal found gold about 8 km west at the Granites. The town was gazetted as Yundamindra in 1901 but was
re-gazetted in October when the boundaries had to be re-adjusted.


YUNNDAGA

Originally called WOOLGAR.
29 45' S 121 03' E

7 km south of Menzies.
Gold mining town.
Gold was discovered in the mid 1890's.
In 1898 the temporary subdivision was referred to as Woolgar.

When the townsite was gazetted the name Yunagar was suggested (as there was already a Woolgar in Queensland).

When the spelling rules were applied to the name it became Yunndaga and was
gazetted in March 1904.
 

 

 

 

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