Australian Towns & Cities
Western Australia: Ravensthorpe
Incorporating photos and Information from Michael Greenslade's former Australian Towns, Cities and Highways site

Ravensthorpe is a small mining and farming town west of Esperance on the South Coast Hwy.

In 1848, the area was surveyed by Surveyor General John Septimus Roe who named many of the geographical features nearby, including the nearby Ravensthorpe Range that the later town was named after in 1901. Alluvial gold was discovered at the Phillips River in 1892. At the goldfield a de-facto town emerged, known as Phillips River. The government completed construction of a copper and gold smelter about 2 km south east of the town in 1906.

The town is the southernmost point of the No. 1 Rabbit Proof Fence which was completed in 1901, and the Fitzgerald River National Park is nearby.

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Shire Office:
Shire of Ravensthorpe office on Morgan St, April 2018. The shire was originally known as Phillips River Road Board.

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Palace Hotel:
Palace Hotel at the corner of Morgan and Carlisle Streets, Ravensthorpe, April 2018.

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1 Australian Bureau of Statistics, Ravensthorpe SSC, 2016 Census QuickStats

Last updated: 03-Aug-2020 11:52

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