Wiluna: Edge of the Desert

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 624 pages
Author: P. Heydon
Year: 1996
ISBN: 0859052168
Other: b&w photos, maps, index
Publisher: Hesperian Press

Wiluna in 950 kilometres by road from Perth, and 180 kilometres east of Meekatharra. Generally the country is fairly flat. To the north east is desert, and the salt lakes lie north.

Aptly titled 'Wiluna: Edge of the Desert' celebrates the centenary of Wiluna, and covers the period 1886 through to 1996.

It tells of the three phases of gold mining; of a vibrant town of 9000 people at its peak; of the reminiscences of 80 people living in the towns, at the mines, and on pastoral properties.

Tales of drovers coming down the Canning Stock Route and policemen searching for murderers, aboriginals and lost prospectors are some of the stories from that lonely area on the edge of the desert.

1. Gold is Found: The First Era
2. Woodley, Wotton, Lennon, 1894
3. An Exciting Time
4. The First Phase of Mining Declines
5. Mining Phase 2: An Overview
6. The Wiluna Newspaper
7. Local Newspaper Stories 1924-1929
8. Local Newspaper Stories 1930-1935
9. Local Newspaper Stories 1936-1940
10. Local Newspaper Stories 1941-1947
11. The Social Life of Wiluna 1924-1927
12. The Sporting Life of Wiluna 1924-1947
13. The First School
14. The First Road Board, 1910
15. The Railway
16. The Wiluna Convent
17. Wiluna School of Mines
18. Peanut Growing
19. Agricultural Research Station
20. The Stolen Aeroplane
21. The Wiluna Meteorite
22. The Hospital to Close
23. The Emu Farm
24. Came Fire Yarns
25. Reminiscences Town, 1897-1918
26. Reminiscences Town, 1920-1929
27. Reminiscences Town, 1930-1939
28. Reminiscences Town, 1940-1970
29. Reminiscences Mine, 1912-1962
30. Reminiscences Pastoral 1897-1994
31. The Canning Stock Route
32. The Gunbarrel Highway
33. Wiluna 1994-1995
34. What is the Answer?
35. The Shire of Wiluna, 1965-1995
36. Wiluna Mines Ltd
37. Conclusion
38. Bibliography
39. Index

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