Southern Cross, Western Australia
Southern Cross townsite
|Elevation||355 m (1,165 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Yilgarn|
Southern Cross is a town in Western Australia, 371 kilometres east of state capital Perth on the Great Eastern Highway. It was founded by gold prospectors in 1888, and gazetted in 1890. It is the major town and administrative centre of the Shire of Yilgarn. At the 2011 census, Southern Cross had a population of 762.
A succession of gold rushes in the Yilgarn region near Southern Cross in 1887, at Coolgardie in 1892, and at Kalgoorlie in 1893 caused a population explosion in the barren and dry desert centre of Western Australia.
Southern Cross railway station, Western Australia is on the standard gauge railway from Perth to Kalgoorlie. The construction and opening of the line from Perth was completed on 1 May 1967, and the connection to Kalgoorlie via Koolyanobbing was completed by 4 November 1968 
Narrow gauge line
The former narrow gauge railway reached Southern Cross on 1 July 1894. and the Southern Cross to Coolgardie narrow gauge railway (via Boorabbin) was closed 29 November 1971  1903 Percival Forrester arrived with six milking cows to set up a dairy. He came with the cows from the family station Minburra at Orroroo in South Australia, via Port Augusta and sailing ship to Fremantle Port. He then walked the six cows to Southern Cross.
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|Preceding station||Transwa Trains network||Following station|
towards East Perth
|Preceding station||Great Southern Railway||Following station|
towards East Perth
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