Princess Royal, Western Australia

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Princess Royal
Western Australia
Princess Royal is located in Western Australia
Princess Royal
Princess Royal
Coordinates 32°08′02″S 121°48′14″E / 32.134°S 121.804°E / -32.134; 121.804Coordinates: 32°08′02″S 121°48′14″E / 32.134°S 121.804°E / -32.134; 121.804
Established 1904
Postcode(s) 6443
Elevation 291 m (955 ft)
Location
  • 734 km (456 mi) East of Perth
  • 8 km (5 mi) North of Norseman
LGA(s) Shire of Dundas
State electorate(s) Eyre
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Princess Royal is an abandoned town in the Goldfields-Esperance region in Western Australia.

A rich Gold reef was discovered in the area in the 1895 by a party of prospectors - Chester, Peddler and Flanagan. Alluvial gold was later found in 1900 and a townsite was established to house the miners. The townsite was later gazetted in 1904.[1] The name of the town is derived from the Princess Royal mine that was operating prior to 1900. The mine and town were both named after the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria the Princess Royal, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa.

A police station was built before 1905 and the first officer in charge arrived in that year; the station later closed in 1908. The town boasted four hotels in 1906 as well as a host of other businesses.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – P". Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Morawa District Historical society" (PDF). 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2011.