Youanmi: A History of Murchison Gold

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 188 pages
Author: J. Hooper
Year: 1987
ISBN: 0859051048
Other: b&w photos, maps
Publisher: Hesperian Press

This story of Youanmi is about the town, the people who lived in it, and the fortunes over the years of the Youanmi Gold Mine. The continuity in the account is provided by the story of one family, beginning in 1908 at Youanmi, and ending well after the town had been deserted by the majority of its residents on the closing of the Youanmi Gold Mine in 1942.

This is an example of the way in which the history of Western Australia may be preserved. This is particularly important in the case of Youanmi. Though one of the more remote mining locations, it was also one of the most prominent and now the story of the mine has, for the first time been drawn together from its scattered sources, to form this book.

1. The Earliest Known History of Youanmi and the Origins of the Name
2. The Murchison and East Murchison Goldfields
3. Glimpses of the Murchison Goldfield at the Turn of the Century
4. The 1907 Rush to the Youanme Country
5. The Prospectors in Limbo on the Youanme Field
6. Youanme -- A Township Begun on a Ministerial Promise
7. The Arrival of Berwick, Moreing and Company on the Youanme Field
8. 1910 -- Berwick, Moreing and Company Take Over at Youanme
9. A Year of Strong Growth in the Town of Youanme
10. Youanmi -- A Town with a Mine Worth 300,000 Pounds
11. 1911 -- Town-Style Life in the Mulga
12. 1912 -- Some Dampening Events
13. The Luck of the Mining Game
14. The Youanmi Miners' Strike of 1914
15. The War Years 1914-1918
16. Private Letters
17. The 'Quiet' Years in Youanmi
18. Gold Revives While All Else Fails
19. The New Youanmi -- 'An Inland Town of no Mean Proportions'
20. The progress of the mine and the Growth of the Town
21. War Years Again
22. Deserting Ship at Youanmi
23. The Closing of the Mine
24. Youanmi Abandoned
25. After More Than 40 Years, a New Lease of life for Youanmi

1 Review
  • A gold nugget of a book

    Posted by Unknown on 17th Feb 2018

    Exactly what I was looking for.

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