Vivien, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Vivien is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 27°58′44″S 120°33′47″E / 27.979°S 120.563°E / -27.979; 120.563Coordinates: 27°58′44″S 120°33′47″E / 27.979°S 120.563°E / -27.979; 120.563
LGA(s) Shire of Leonora
State electorate(s) Kalgoorlie
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Vivien is an abandoned town located between Leinster and Leonora in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia.

Initially the town was known as Harris which was developed in 1903 then extended in 1905 when the local progress association asked for additional lots to be surveyed. It was around this time the town became known as Vivien, since the Vivien Gold Mine and the Vivien Gem Reef were both located close by. The townsite was gazetted in 1906.[1]

The name Vivien is thought to be in honour of the author May Vivienne whose book about her travels about the Western Australian goldfields was published in 1902.[2]


  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – V". Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Morawa District Historical society" (PDF). 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2011.