Yundamindera Station

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Yundamindera Station is located in Western Australia
Yundamindera Station
Yundamindera Station
Location in Western Australia

Yundamindera Station is a pastoral lease and sheep station located about 180 kilometres (112 mi) north of Kalgoorlie in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia.

It is situated next to the Mount Remarkable sheep station[1] and Mount Celia Station.

Dr Laver leased the 600,000 acres (242,811 ha) station in 1904 and was struck by the similarity of the area to the Barkly Tableland in Queensland. It was the first pastoral pursuit that was established in the area.[2]

The area received 10 inches (254 mm) of rain in 1910 which is well above average, 4 inches (102 mm) of the fall coming in January. Resulting in excellent feed and herbage being available to cattle which thrived in the conditions.[3]

In 1923 Dr. Laver sold the leasehold to Mr T. H. Pearse of Gums Station near Burra, South Australia. At the time the station was stocked with approximately 1,400 head of cattle. Pearse also took up the lease of neighbouring Mount Celia Station to have a total holding of about 1,000,000 acres (404,686 ha). Pearse then stocked the station with sheep imported from South Australia which thrived in the area resulting in heavy lambing in 1924.[4]

Within a year of fencing the property over 100 dingoes were killed within the fences mostly by poisoning. Kangaroos continued to be a problem with the destruction of fences but rabbits were not being reported as a big pest.

Two Aboriginal prospectors tried their luck in an abandoned 9 feet (3 m) shaft located just within the stations gates in 1933. The pair found a formation about 3 feet (1 m) in length and bearing over 1 ounce (28 g) to the ton of gold. Ironically, the station stockmen often had lunch at the bottom of the shaft to escape the heat of the day.[5]

In 1934 the station secured an additional 101 merino rams bred at the Koonoona stud out of Kooringa.[6]

The area around the station received very heavy rainfall in February 1942 when 490 points or 4.9 inches (124 mm) of rain fell over the course of a week.[7]

A plague of mice swept over the area in 1943 and neighbouring stations reporting that it was a full-time job keeping the wells clear with many being covered in 6 inches (15 cm) of dead and dying mice.[8]

In 1950 the station held about 11,500 sheep and produced a yield 0f 328 bales of wool.[9]

The station received poor rains in 1952, about half the yearly average of 460 points compared with 887 points.[10]

Over 600 sheep were taken from the station in 1953 and trucked to Cashmere Downs Station whose manager Mr J Bradshaw was in the process of restocking.[11]

Yundamindera is currently owned by Minara Resources along with three other nearby properties: Glenorn, Nambi and Minara Stations. In 2012 Glenorn and Nambi were running approximately 1,700 head of cattle, but Yundamindera and Minara have both been destocked.[12] By 2016 all four stations are now successfully running herds of cattle.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pastoral Station.". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 9 January 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "From gold to sheep". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 1 June 1934. p. 17. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Stock and Crop returns". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 25 March 1910. p. 7. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "From gold to sheep". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 1 June 1934. p. 17. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "What the Station hands missed". The Advertiser (Adelaide: National Library of Australia). 25 February 1933. p. 7. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "On the land". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 19 June 1934. p. 7. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "17 inches of rain in a fortnight.". The Daily News (Perth: National Library of Australia). 5 February 1942. p. 6 Edition: CITY FINAL. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mice Nibble His Fingernails.". The Daily News (Perth: National Library of Australia). 26 March 1943. p. 7 Edition: HOME EDITION. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "11,500 Sheep Yield 328 Bales.". The Daily News (Perth: National Library of Australia). 18 July 1950. p. 11 Edition: HOME. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Only 35 stations reported above-average totals 1952 Rainfall Well Below Normal.". Western Mail (Perth: National Library of Australia). 12 February 1953. p. 53. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "S.A. Sheep for W.A. Stations.". Sunday Times (Perth: National Library of Australia). 9 August 1953. p. 36. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Minara Resources – Pastoral Coordinator". 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

Coordinates: 29°14′48.64″S 122°06′07.99″E / 29.2468444°S 122.1022194°E / -29.2468444; 122.1022194