KUNANALLING

Kunanalling

GPS 30 41 05 S 121 04 08 E

 

 

 

 

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James Speakman and the party of men he was with, found gold here in December 1892.

Speakman pegged a lease but did not register it and this proved to be costly because the claim was jumped by a man named Adams. Adams then sold the lease to a mining company and what became the Premier Gold Mine produced around 47,000 ounces of gold.

John Dunne and a syndicate that included John and Alexander Forrest acquired a lease in November 1893.

The mine was originally known as 'True Blue' and went on to be renamed 'Blue Bell'. It was worked on and off up until 1994.

Originally known as 25 Mile the name was changed later to Kunanalling which in the Aboriginal dialect of the area means place of the eagle hawk.

The town was gazetted in June 1893 just a few months before Kalgoorlie.

There were three hotels in town and the ruins you can see today are what remains of the Premier Hotel.

Other buildings included Teggins Store, a Mechanics Institute, a Government building, and a school.

The school closed in 1927 but with a resurgence of mining in the 1930s it was started up again but this time in the post office building.

Cobb and Co used the town as a staging post and changed their horses there for a daily service from Coolgardie to Menzies.

The town continued to function until the start of the Second World War but after that time it was gradually abandoned with the last resident leaving in 1942.

Today Kunanalling is a ghost town with nothing more than a few crumbling walls to mark where a thriving community once lived.

 

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Located north of Coolgardie.

 

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