Gold on the Murchison: A Tale of Twin Towns (Cue and Daydawn) of People, Progress and Gold

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 224 pages
Author: P. Heydon
Year: (1986) 2008
ISBN: 0859050661
Other: b&w photos, maps, indexes
Publisher: Hesperian Press

This is a story of twin towns - Cue and Day Dawn - and the part the towns and their people played in the development of Murchison gold. These towns are 3.5 miles apart, and the Big Bell gold mine which is twenty miles west of Cue. Starting in the 1880s, the story has been taken up to the first closure of big Big Bell.

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.

The tale of Murchison Gold should remind everyone of the part played by those who travelled 'along to road to Cue' in bringing much needed prosperity to the colony of Western Australia - a feat unfortunately never given its full credit, being overshadowed by the events which followed Bayley's discovery of gold at Coolgardie six months after Fitzgerald's initial find at Cue.

The author has diligently researched the people and happenings in this remarkable period of Western Australia's history. Much of the information comes from the various local newspapers of the time - which includes the humour and the tragedy; the tremendous hardships suffered.


Chapter 1
 - Along the Road to Cue
 - Pastoralists and Prospectors
 - The Gold Rush
 - Water Problems

Chapter 2
 - A Runner Goes West

Chapter 3
 - The Austin Controversy
 - Amazing Progress
 - First Race Meeting
 - First Ball
 - First Telegram

Chapter 4. 1895
 - A 200 Mile Walk
 - Russian Jack

Chapter 5. 1896-1900
 - Murchison Coach Service
 - The New Railway
 - The Man who Found Cue 

Chapter 6. 1901-1905
 - Railway to Nannine
 - A 3060 Mile Walk
 - First Motor Car in Cue

Chapter 7. 1906-1910
 - The Old Brigade
 - The Wood Line
 - The Meekatharra Railway

Chapter 8. 1911-1915
 - First Picture Show
 - Amalgamation of Councils
 - Old Identities Reunion
 - Decline of Great Fingall

Chapter 9. 1916-1920
 - Great Fingall Close
 - The Armistice

Chapter 10. 1921-1926
 - Stories from Clay Pan Joe
 - The Monte Carol Bank Mine

Chapter 11. 1927 onwards
 - The Author's Reflections

Chapter 12.
 - Cue Volunteer Fire Brigade

Chapter 13. Places of Interest
 - Poona
 - Wilgie Mia
 - Telegootherra

Chapter 14. Conclusion
 - "A Cue Lament"
 - "A Cue Ballard"
 - A Fingall Creep

Appendix 1. Nomenclature
Appendix 2. Gold Production
 - Murchison Goldfield
 - Gold Mining at Cue, 1904
 - Gold Mining at Day Dawn, 1904

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