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Wiluna, Western Australia

The Shire of Wiluna 

The gold mining town of Wiluna is located in the Murchison Goldfield, 947 km north east of Perth and 182 km east of Meekatharra. The area was first discovered by the explorer L A Wells in 1892, and in his report Wells reported seeing promising auriferous country in the area. Gold was discovered at nearby Lake Way in 1896, and within months there were over 300 diggers in the area. The government soon decided to survey and gazette a townsite, the Mining Warden for the area suggesting it be called "Weeloona" which he advised was "the native name of the place". The spelling was amended by the Department of Lands & Surveys according to rules it had adopted for spelling Aboriginal names, and it was gazetted as Wiluna townsite in 1898. The generally accepted meaning is "place of winds", although Katherine Prichard's book, "Golden Miles" suggests that the name was derived from the cry of the curlew. The area was also locally known as "Lake Way" after the nearby lake for a time.

>Further information can be obtained from LANDGATE

Wiluna Police 1928

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

"Wiluna - Edge of the Desert"
By P.R. Heydon O.A.M.
Published by Hesperian Press 1996
lots of pictures and indexed
ISBN 0 85905 216 8

CANNING STOCK ROUTE

"The Beckoning West" by Eleanor Smith
The story of H.S. Trotman & the Canning Stock Route
Pictures and indexed
First published 1966
Published by Hesperian Press 1998
ISBN 08 5905 251 6

 

THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN EXPLORERS’ DIARIES PROJECT INC.
Work Completed, Canning  A Comprehensive History of the Canning Stock Route 1906 – 2010
by Phil Bianchi     ISBN 978-0-85905-549-9, (2013 New), 724pp, 274 photos, 38 maps$120.00* + POST
The story of Alfred W. Canning and the development and subsequent use of the 1800 kilometre long Canning Stock Route from Halls Creek to Wiluna is told in this new volume.

 


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