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Cundeelee, Western Australia

Coordinates: 30°41′S 123°20′E / 30.68°S 123.34°E / -30.68; 123.34
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Western Australia
Cundeelee is located in Western Australia
Coordinates30°41′S 123°20′E / 30.68°S 123.34°E / -30.68; 123.34
Population139 (SAL 2021)[1]
Elevation573 m (1,880 ft)
Area13,241.9 km2 (5,112.7 sq mi)
LGA(s)City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
State electorate(s)Kalgoorlie
Federal division(s)O'Connor

Cundeelee is a small Aboriginal community in Western Australia located 785 kilometres (488 mi) east of Perth and 160 kilometres (99 mi) east of Kalgoorlie in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. At the 2006 census, Cundeelee had a population of 102.[2]

A ration depot had been established in the area in 1939 followed by an Australian Aboriginal Evangelical Mission being set up in 1950.[3] By 1952, the mission had attracted 130 people from the surrounding desert.

When surveyed in 1971 the community had 47 children at the mission school. Grants were awarded in 1973 to 1975 which allowed the mission to construct toilets, ablution blocks and a dam.[4]

The community became incorporated in 1976 and took over the management of the town in 1978. At this time the community consisted of 50 people of European descent and 250 Indigenous Australians. Cundeelee was closed in the 1980s and most of the residents moved to Coonana. Some of the Aboriginal people moved back to their traditional lands at Cundeelee in 1984.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Cundeelee (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Cundeelee (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Menzies Matters – About the Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation" (PDF). 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Signposts". 2010. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.