Waverley, Western Australia

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Waverley
Western Australia
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Waverley
Coordinates 30°14′35″S120°57′14″E / 30.243°S 120.954°E / -30.243; 120.954 Coordinates: 30°14′35″S120°57′14″E / 30.243°S 120.954°E / -30.243; 120.954
Established1898
Postcode(s) 6431
Elevation443 m (1,453 ft)
Location
LGA(s) City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Kalgoorlie
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Waverley or Siberia is a ghost town located between Kalgoorlie and Leonora. It is on the Davyhurst to Ora Banda Road in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. It formed part of Maduwongga territory.

Ghost town City depopulated of inhabitants and that stays practically intact

A ghost town is an abandoned village, town, or city, usually one that contains substantial visible remains. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, prolonged droughts, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, war, pollution, or nuclear disasters. The term can sometimes refer to cities, towns, and neighbourhoods that are still populated, but significantly less so than in past years; for example, those affected by high levels of unemployment and dereliction.

Leonora, Western Australia Town in Western Australia

Leonora is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, located 833 kilometres (518 mi) northeast of the state capital, Perth, and 237 kilometres (147 mi) north of the city of Kalgoorlie.

Davyhurst, Western Australia Town in Western Australia

Davyhurst is a Goldfields town that is situated southwest of Menzies, Western Australia and is approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi) northwest of Kalgoorlie. The proposed townsite was initially declared "Davyston" in 1900. It was also known as Mace's Find and Davyton. Warden Owen of Menzies advised the Department the town was better known as "Davyhurst". This was the name used when the town was gazetted in 1901. It is believed to be named after a miner.

Two prospectors Billy Frost and Bob Bonner discovered gold in the area in the late 1893, resulting in a gold rush to the area. The increasing population indicated a need for a townsite to be planned and lots were surveyed in 1898, which was initially to be named Siberia. The local progress association decided that the town should be named Waverley after a nearby mine. The townsite was gazetted as Waverley in 1898. [1]

Prospecting The physical search for minerals

Prospecting is the first stage of the geological analysis of a territory. It is the physical search for minerals, fossils, precious metals or mineral specimens, and is also known as fossicking.

Gold Chemical element with atomic number 79

Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and atomic number 79, making it one of the higher atomic number elements that occur naturally. In its purest form, it is a bright, slightly reddish yellow, dense, soft, malleable, and ductile metal. Chemically, gold is a transition metal and a group 11 element. It is one of the least reactive chemical elements and is solid under standard conditions. Gold often occurs in free elemental (native) form, as nuggets or grains, in rocks, in veins, and in alluvial deposits. It occurs in a solid solution series with the native element silver and also naturally alloyed with copper and palladium. Less commonly, it occurs in minerals as gold compounds, often with tellurium.

Some of the mines close to town include Siberia, Waverley, Mexico and the Pole leases.

In 1911 the Postmaster General raised concern about the duplication of town names in Australia, including Waverley. Alternative names such as Wongi (the name of a nearby soak) and Siberia. The locals preferred Siberia and the name was officially gazetted in 1914. The name comes from Siberia Tank, a water supply that is close to the town.

Postmaster-Generals Department

In Australia, the Postmaster-General's Department (PMG) was an Australian Government department, established at Australia's Federation in 1901, whose responsibilities included the provision of postal and telegraphic services throughout Australia. It was abolished in December 1975, and in its place two separate legal entities were established: Telecom and Australia Post.

In 1924, two miners, Emery and MacLachlan, picked up on the continuation of a deep alluvial lead and obtained satisfactory results. [2]

Miner person who works in mining

A miner is a person who extracts ore, coal, or other mineral from the earth through mining. There are two senses in which the term is used. In its narrowest sense, a miner is someone who works at the rock face; cutting, blasting, or otherwise working and removing the rock. In a broader sense, a "miner" is anyone working within a mine, not just a worker at the rock face.

The last resident left town in 1954. [3]

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References

  1. Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – S" . Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  2. "SIBERIA". Western Argus . Kalgoorlie, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 22 April 1924. p. 3. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  3. "Morawa District Historical society" (PDF). 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2011.