Callion, Western Australia

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Callion
Western Australia
Callion is located in Western Australia
Callion
Callion
Coordinates 30°07′01″S 120°34′01″E / 30.117°S 120.567°E / -30.117; 120.567Coordinates: 30°07′01″S 120°34′01″E / 30.117°S 120.567°E / -30.117; 120.567
Established 1897
Postcode(s) 8436
Elevation 485 m (1,591 ft)
Location
  • 788 km (490 mi) NE of Perth
  • 60 km (37 mi) south of Menzies
LGA(s) Shire of Menzies
State electorate(s) Kalgoorlie
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Callion is an abandoned town in the Goldfields-Esperance region in Western Australia. It is between Coolgardie and Leonora.

Gold was discovered here in 1895 and the town was known as Speakman's Find after the prospector who made the original discovery. Speakman's lease (along with Cooke and Lukin) was 30 acres in size and contained three reefs.[1] The town was gazetted in 1897.[2] The name of the town is thought to come from another prospector who had operated in the area.

One of the first mines established in the area was the Lady Sate Mine which was operating in 1899. A 20 head battery was erected in the town in 1897[3] and continued to operate until at least[4] 1902.[5]

A cemetery is all that is left of the old townsite which is now part of Credo Station.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Murchison". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 28 November 1895. p. 5. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – C". Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mining News". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 11 February 1897. p. 3. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Menzies". Western Mail. Perth: National Library of Australia. 26 May 1899. p. 36. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kalgoorlie Mining". The Advertiser. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 25 February 1902. p. 8. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "WA 4WD – Callion Cemetery". 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2011.