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Sandstone > Sandstone

Western Australia

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Hack Street   Sandstone

The goldfields townsite of Sandstone is located 660 km north east of Perth and 158 km east of Mount Magnet. Gold was discovered in this area in the early 1900's, and by 1905 there were enough miners in the area for the government to be requested to declare a townsite. Correspondence in 1905 refers to the area as "Hans Irvine's Find, also known as Sandstone" and that a large amount of money had been spent on Hotels, Banks, Stores etc. When the townsite was gazetted in 1906 the name of Sandstone was approved, based on the recommendation of Warden Lawlers who reported "I have since been to Black Range, but could not get the native name of the locality, and cannot suggest a suitable native name. I would recommend the town be called 'Sandstone' or 'Sandhurst'. The place is now well known as Sandstone but a small change such as to Sandhurst would not take the public long to get into the way of calling the town by the correct name, but I would prefer the name 'Sandstone'."

Further information can be obtained from DOLA


Books of interest................

"Barb of the Spear" by Bob Shepherd
lots of pictures but no index
Published by Warrigul Press 1987
ISBN 0 7316 115 2

"Sandstone - From Gold to Wool & Back Again" -
a district history - by Sally Senior
Published by the Shire of Sandstone 1995
Available from the Shire of Sandstone
a great regional history, lots of pictures & indexed

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