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Southern Cross
Western Australia

The townsite of Southern Cross is located in the central agricultural region, 369 km east north east of Perth and 109 km east north east of Merredin. Although now in an agricultural region, Southern Cross began as a gold mining town, gold having been discovered here in 1888. The original prospecting party to find gold here named the area after the Southern Cross constellation they had used at when travelling at night. Further rich finds of gold in the area resulted in Southern Cross booming, almost over night, and the townsite was gazetted in 1890.

Reccomended reading................

"They Wished Upon a Star"
by P.T. McMahon 1972
Great book for those with an interest in the
Yilgarn Area - Indexed


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