Leinster, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Population732 (Changes Every year)
Postcode(s) 6437
Elevation497 m (1,631 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Leonora
State electorate(s) Kalgoorlie
Federal Division(s) O'Connor
Mean max tempMean min tempAnnual rainfall
27.9 °C
82 °F
14.6 °C
58 °F
292.5 mm
11.5 in

Leinster is a town located in the northern goldfields area of Western Australia. It is found 4 km east of the Goldfields Highway in the Shire of Leonora. It is 968 kilometres (601 mi) northeast of the state capital, Perth. [1]

The town was established in 1976 by Agnew Mining, initially as a dormitory town for miners working in the nearby Perseverance and Rockys Reward nickel mines and Agnew gold mines. It was named for the nearby Leinster Downs station. Facilities at Leinster include a supermarket, service station, Community school, day care centre, medical centre and tavern. Sporting facilities include an indoor sports centre, a 50m Olympic sized pool and a baby pool, squash courts, bmx track, football and cricket oval and an 18-hole golf course. The School is an Independent Public school that goes all the way up to year 12. [2]

The Leinster Nickel Operation is now part of the BHP Billiton Nickel West business group. The operation employs 992 workers and produces 40,000–45,000 tons of nickel in concentrate per year. [3] [4]

Apart from the nickel operations, gold was also mined 41 km south-east of Leinster, at the Thunderbox Gold Mine, from 2002 to 2007 and again since 2016.

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  2. "Leinster Township". Shire of Leonora. Archived from the original on 2 May 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2007.
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  4. Perseverance Mine, Leinster, Leonora Shire, Western Australia on Mindat.org
Millerite specimen from the old Perseverance Mine. 5.7 x 4.1 x 3.0 cm. Millerite-112910.jpg
Millerite specimen from the old Perseverance Mine. 5.7 x 4.1 x 3.0 cm.