Paynesville, Western Australia
|Elevation||446 m (1,463 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Mount Magnet|
|State electorate(s)||North West|
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.
By 1899 the town became known as Paynesville and the town was gazetted in 1900. In 1910 the Sandstone Branch Railway from Mount Magnet to Black Range was opened with Paynesville having a station on the line.