Horseshoe, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Horseshoe is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 25°27′14″S 118°34′34″E / 25.454°S 118.576°E / -25.454; 118.576Coordinates: 25°27′14″S 118°34′34″E / 25.454°S 118.576°E / -25.454; 118.576
Established 1901
Elevation 568 m (1,864 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Meekatharra
State electorate(s) North West
Federal Division(s) Durack

Horseshoe is an abandoned town in Western Australia located in the Murchison goldfields within the Mid West region of Western Australia situated between Meekatharra and Newman. The town is adjacent to the Peak Hill goldfields.

Gold was discovered in the immediate area in 1897 and the government had an area thought to be suitable for a townsite surveyed in 1898. The area proved to not be satisfactory to the locals who wanted another area to be used. The new area was surveyed and the town was gazetted in 1901.[1]

The population of the town was 60 (60 males and no females) in 1898.[2]

The town was often known as Horseshoe Bend as a result of one of the original leases in the area was the shape of a horseshoe. It was also commonly known as The Shoe.

The townsite is one of many ghost towns in the area; others include: Peak Hill, Gabanintha, Abbotts and Garden Gully.[3]


  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – H". Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  2. ^ "POPULATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA.". Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 22 April 1898. p. 23. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sydney Morning Herald - Travel - Meekatharra". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 2008-09-29.