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Kunanalling   Western Australia (AKA the 25 Mile)

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KUNANALLING (Also known as the 25 Mile)

The townsite of Kunanalling is located in the eastern goldfields, 25 "miles" from Coolgardie and it was first known as the "25 Mile" when the Warden for this goldfields area recommended a townsite be declared in 1895. At this time it was referred to as the "25 Mile" or "Coonanalling", but when gazetted in 1896 the Lands Department applied spelling rules that changed it to Kunanalling.

In Dec of 1892 James Speakman and party found in this area and pegged a lease but did not apply for an exemption when he left due to a lack of water. A man called Adams then re pegged the lease, called it ‘The Premier’ and sold it to a company which developed it into a rich mine. Several other shows opened up in the area and the townsite of Kunanalling came into being. The Premier was the richest mine in the area and to the end of 1900 mined 34,626 ounces of gold.

Kunanalling was at its height early in the 1900’s and had three hotels which includes the Premier of which the ruins are all that remains of the town.

There were four streets in Kunanalling namely Balfour, Chamberlain, Gladstone and Salisbury. The town must have been going through a patriotic phase when it named all its streets after British Prime Ministers.

Other buildings were several shops, a Mechanics Institute, various Government building and a school. The school was later to be moved to Tammin when it closed in 1927 and became a farmers homestead. When a mining revival in the 1930’s made a school once again needed the Post Office was used for this purpose.

The last resident left the town in 1942, the townsite is now abandoned. GPS 30 41 05 S 121 04 0E

 


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