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Day Dawn Western Australia

Latitude 27 28 S Longitude 117 52 E

A townsite in the Murchison Goldfields, just 6.6 km from Cue, Day Dawn was originally gazetted as "Bundawadra" in 1894, but was changed to Day Dawn within three months. Gold was discovered here by Ted Hefferman in 1892, and he named his discovery "Day Dawn", after the time of day that he pegged his claim. The area developed rapidly from 1898 when the famous "Great Fingall" mine was established, and the town of Day Dawn boomed. Flooding and other problems closed the mine around World war II, and Day Dawn soon faded away.

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Reccomended Reading:

Triangle  by W.C. Charnley

ISBN 978-0-85905-729-5, A4, 100 grams

$16.00* + POST from Hesperian Press

A murder triangle at Day Dawn in 1908 with a wanton Delilah at the point.

Gold on the Murchison by Phil Heydon - ISBN 0 85905 066 1, Gold on the Murchison is the story of Cue, Day Dawn and Big Bell and the part the towns and their people played in the development of Murchison gold.

From the first rushes in the 1880s and the hardships of the pioneers to Cue's status as the 'Queen of the Murchison', the decay to ghost towns, oblivion and eventual rebirth.

Available from:
Hesperian Press -
and The Eastern Goldfields Historical Soc -



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