Southern Cross, Western Australia
Southern Cross townsite
|Population||762 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||355 m (1,165 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Yilgarn|
Southern Cross is a town in Western Australia, 371 kilometres east of state capital Perth on the Great Eastern Highway. It was founded by gold prospectors in 1888, and gazetted in 1890. It is the major town and administrative centre of the Shire of Yilgarn. At the 2011 census, Southern Cross had a population of 762.
The town of Southern Cross is one of the many towns that run along the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme pipeline from Mundaring to Kalgoorlie, engineered by C. Y. O'Connor, and as a consequence is an important location on the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail.
A succession of gold rushes in the Yilgarn region near Southern Cross in 1887, at Coolgardie in 1892, and at Kalgoorlie in 1893 caused a population explosion in the barren and dry desert centre of Western Australia.
Southern Cross is in the Federal electorate of O'Connor.
Southern Cross railway station is on the standard gauge railway from Perth to Kalgoorlie. The construction and opening of the line from Perth was completed on 1 May 1967, and the connection to Kalgoorlie via Koolyanobbing was completed by 4 November 1968.
Narrow gauge route
The former narrow gauge route of the Eastern Goldfields Railway reached Southern Cross on 1 July 1894. and the Southern Cross to Coolgardie narrow gauge railway (via Boorabbin) was closed 29 November 1971.
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