Paynesville, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Paynesville is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 28°06′25″S 118°30′00″E / 28.107°S 118.5°E / -28.107; 118.5Coordinates: 28°06′25″S 118°30′00″E / 28.107°S 118.5°E / -28.107; 118.5
Established 1900
Postcode(s) 6638
Elevation 446 m (1,463 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Mount Magnet
State electorate(s) North West
Federal Division(s) Durack

Paynesville is an abandoned town in the Mid West region of Western Australia between the towns of Mount Magnet and Sandstone.

Gold was discovered in 1898 in the immediate area by the prospectors Thomas Payne and Waldeck. The townsite was surveyed in 1898 and was initially known as Paynton and East Mount Magnet and also known as Fords after another prospector who had worked the area.

A local board of Health was established in the town in 1898.[1]

By 1899 the town became known as Paynesville and the town was gazetted in 1900.[2] In 1910 the Sandstone Branch Railway from Mount Magnet to Black Range was opened with Paynesville having a station on the line.

An ore battery was built close to the town but later moved to Nunngarra in 1904.[3]


  1. ^ "News and notes". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 29 April 1898. p. 4. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – P". Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  3. ^ "Morowa Historical Society". 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03.