Woodarra, Western Australia

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Woodarra
Western Australia
Woodarra is located in Western Australia
Woodarra
Woodarra
Coordinates 27°55′44″S 121°17′49″E / 27.929°S 121.297°E / -27.929; 121.297Coordinates: 27°55′44″S 121°17′49″E / 27.929°S 121.297°E / -27.929; 121.297
Established 1898
Postcode(s) 6435
Elevation 464 m (1,522 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Leonora
State electorate(s) Kalgoorlie
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Woodarra also once known as Darlot or Lake Darlot is an abandoned town located between Leinster and Laverton in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. The town is situated close to Lake Darlot.

Gold was discovered in the area in the 1890s and following an influx of prospectors and miners the Lake Darlot progress association lobbied for the declaration of a townsite. Lots were surveyed in 1896 and the progress association asked for the town to be named Woodarra. The townsite was gazetted in 1898.[1]

A bicycle postal service to and from Lawlers was established in 1895, this was later replaced with a mail run from Cue via Lawlers. In 1896 the mail run was again changed this time from Mount Magnet via Lawlers that lasted for six years.[2]

The name is Aboriginal in origin and is the name of a granite rock formation located near the towns water supply.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – V". Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Morawa District Historical society" (PDF). 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2011.