Widgiemooltha, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Widgiemooltha, Western Australia, 28 September 1930.jpg
Widgiemooltha in 1930
Widgiemooltha is located in Western Australia
Coordinates31°30′S 121°35′E / 31.50°S 121.58°E / -31.50; 121.58Coordinates: 31°30′S 121°35′E / 31.50°S 121.58°E / -31.50; 121.58
Elevation374 m (1,227 ft)
  • 631 km (392 mi) east of Perth
  • 41 km (25 mi) south of Kambalda
LGA(s)Shire of Coolgardie
State electorate(s)Eyre
Federal Division(s)O'Connor

Widgiemooltha is an abandoned town in Western Australia 631 kilometres (392 mi) east of Perth between Kambalda and Norseman in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. It is found on the southern shoreline of Lake Lefroy.[1]

The location of the original townsite is on Kingswood Street, which runs at the rear of the Widgiemooltha Roadhouse. The Coolgardie-Esperance Hwy now bypasses the original townsite. In August 2015, the only evidence of the original township was the remains of the hotel.

In the 1890s gold was discovered in the area and the townsite was gazetted in 1897 as Widgemooltha, the spelling being amended to the current form in 1944.[2] In 1898 the town had a population of 112 (100 males and 12 females).[3]

The name of the town is Aboriginal in origin and is thought to be the name of a nearby hill and rock-hole. It is thought to be related to the beak of an emu.

The goldfields around the area were home to the Golden Eagle nugget, which was found in 1931 by Jim Larcombe. It weighed 1,136 ounces (32.2 kg), the biggest nugget found in the history of Western Australian goldfields.[4] The find sparked a gold fever and shortly afterward 1,000 men were working the field unearthing other reefs and nuggets.[5]

In 1956, Widgiemooltha had a small population. These included railway fettlers and their families (there were 4 fettler families, complete with children), Listers' Salt Works (now WA Salt Supply) employees, a schoolteacher, a shopkeeper and a few hotel staff.

Gold and nickel continue to be mined in the area.[6]

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  1. ^ "Government Members Mining and National Development Committees Fact Finding Tour July 21st-28th 1968" (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. 1968. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – W". Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Population of Western Australia". Western Mail. Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 22 April 1898. p. 23. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Australian Explorer - Widgiemooltha". 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Tourist information- Sea to Outback - Widgiemooltha". 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  6. ^ "ABC News - Miners looks to combined gold-nickel benefir". 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
Gillardite on Gaspeite, 132 North Mine, Widgiemooltha. Gillardite is an extremely rare copper nickel chlorine halide. This is the type locality.