Widgiemooltha, Western Australia

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Widgiemooltha
Western Australia
Widgiemooltha is located in Western Australia
Widgiemooltha
Widgiemooltha
Coordinates 31°30′S 121°35′E / 31.5°S 121.58°E / -31.5; 121.58Coordinates: 31°30′S 121°35′E / 31.5°S 121.58°E / -31.5; 121.58
Established 1897
Postcode(s) 6443
Elevation 374 m (1,227 ft)
Location
  • 631 km (392 mi) East of Perth
  • 41 km (25 mi) South of Kambalda
LGA(s) Shire of Coolgardie
State electorate(s) Eyre
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Widgiemooltha is an abandoned town in Western Australia 631 kilometres (392 mi) east of Perth between Kambalda and Norseman in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia.

In the 1890s gold was discovered in the area and the townsite was gazetted in 1897 as Widgemooltha, the spelling being amended to the current form in 1944.[1] In 1898 the town had a population of 112 (100 males and 12 females).[2]

The name of the town is Aboriginal in origin and is thought to be the name of a nearby hill and rock-hole. It is thought to be related to the beak of an emu.

The goldfields around the area were home to the Golden Eagle nugget which was found in 1931 by Jim Larcombe. It weighed 1,136 ounces (32.2 kg), the biggest nugget found in the history of Western Australian goldfields.[3] The find sparked a gold fever and shortly afterward 1,000 men were working the field unearthing other reefs and nuggets.[4]

Gold and nickel continue to be mined in the area.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Population of Western Australia". Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 22 April 1898. p. 23. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Australian Explorer - Widgiemooltha". 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Tourist information- Sea to Outback - Widgiemooltha". 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  5. ^ "ABC News - Miners looks to combined gold-nickel benefir". 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 


Gillardite on Gaspeite, 132 North Mine, Widgiemooltha. Gillardite is an extremely rare copper nickel chlorine halide. This is the type locality.