Buldania, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Buldania is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 32°2′24″S 122°1′20″E / 32.04000°S 122.02222°E / -32.04000; 122.02222Coordinates: 32°2′24″S 122°1′20″E / 32.04000°S 122.02222°E / -32.04000; 122.02222
Population 0 (abandoned)[citation needed]
Established 1896
Postcode(s) 6443
Location 34 km (21 mi) north-east of Norseman
LGA(s) Shire of Dundas

Buldania is an abandoned town north-east of Norseman in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. The small townsite, located about 8 kilometres (5 mi) north of the Eyre Highway, serviced a field which was discovered in June 1896 by Arthur Bell. Despite the high yield of ore which was obtained, progress was slow due to the difficult terrain of the Fraser Range (being primarily composed of hard quartz below the surface) combined with a lack of capital to develop the area.[1] By the end of 1897 it had a population of 51, notably including only one female.[2] By April 1901, this had fallen to 18 and by 1903, the Western Argus noted the area was "unfortunately practically deserted".[3] This was confirmed by an official report in May 1906: "Some 10 or 11 leases have at times been applied for and worked to some extent. All are now abandoned, and the field quite deserted."[4]


  1. ^ "Buldania". Western Argus. Kalgoorlie: National Library of Australia. 26 January 1899. p. 29. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Local and General". Western Argus. Kalgoorlie: National Library of Australia. 2 December 1897. p. 14. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Goldfields–Esperance Railway". Western Argus. Kalgoorlie: National Library of Australia. 27 January 1903. p. 27. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Buldania District". Western Mail. Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 26 May 1906. p. 21. Retrieved 15 February 2011.