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

Southern Cross is a historic gold mining town on the eastern edge of the Western Australian wheatbelt and the first town on the Eastern Goldfields. In 1887 it became the place of the first major gold discovery in the Eastern Goldfields. The town of Southern Cross is one of the many towns that run along the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme pipeline from Mundaring to Kalgoorlie.

Southern Cross was ropertedly named after the famous constellation, which Thomas Risely and Mick Toomey claimed had led them to their discovery of gold, which in turn, led to the settlement of the area. They named the goldfield Southern Cross and the name of the town followed. The town's streets are named after constellations and stars. Prior to the arrival of Europeans the area was inhabited by the Kalaamaya people.

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Town Centre:
Antares St, Southern Cross, April 2018.

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Palace Hotel:
Palace Hotel on the corner of Great Eastern Hwy (NH94), Marvel Loch Rd and Antares St in Southern Cross, April 2018.

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1 Australian Bureau of Statistics, Southern Cross (State Suburb), 2016 Census QuickStats

Last updated: 03-Aug-2020 12:03

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