HEMA map ref. 78/D6

Mt. Goldsworthy 1963

20 20' 37" S 119 31' 13" E

Where is this?




Once a mining town with a population of about 500, Goldsworthy no longer exists. All that remains to mark the town is a row of trees by the road.

This is a good example of the need to travel with up-to-date maps. (
Shay Gap is another example of a town marked on older maps which no longer exists.)

Goldsworthy was the first town built specifically for iron ore workers. It was named after
Roger Tuckfield Goldsworthy, Colonial Secretary in the 1880s.

Mount Goldsworthy Mining Associates began exploration in 1962 and the W.A. government gave approval for the project in 1964. Construction began in 1965 and everything had to be brought in to the site.


Just 4 weeks prior to the first shipment of ore, cyclone Shirley crossed the coast and the damage to rail lines delayed the shipment until June 1966. On June 3rd the bulk carrier Harvey S. Mudd sailed from Port Hedland with 25,300 tonnes of iron ore and Western Australia's iron ore industry had officially started.

Before mining took place, Mt Goldsworthy was 132 metres high, now it is just a big hole in the ground. The name was originally given to the mountain by
Alexander Forrest in 1879.

During its operation, the Goldsworthy mine produced about 4 million tons of iron ore per year.


Mining ceased in 1991 and Goldsworthy continued to operate as a support base for Shay Gap until all operations finally ceased and the buildings were removed in 1992.


Mt. Goldsworthy 2009 (same location as the top picture)



I'm lost please take me home...

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