Finally moving again...
Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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While the van was being repaired I walked 3kms into town to pass the time.
In doing so I managed to see Sammy the local seal that lives near the pier. He wasn't too active and just lolled on the sand soaking up the sun. Then it was a stroll along the foreshore and back to the repair shop and await the financial damage.
So, after two weeks in Esperance and a very expensive repair job I am very reluctantly moving on.
I say reluctantly because my desire to continue is waning day by day
But being the obstinate person that I am, I will battle on, and take the good with the bad, right to the end.
Off we go, direction Kalgoorlie.
First place I stopped was Scaddan an abandoned town 40 odd kms from Esperance
The area was originally known as Thirty Mile, because of its distance from Esperance. Europeans settled the area before 1914 and were commonly using the name Scaddan at around that time. The name of the post office was changed from Thirty Mile to Scaddan in 1915 and by 1916 a school and hall had been built in the town. The government delayed declaring the town until the route of the Norseman-Esperance railway was settled. The townsite was finally gazetted in 1924.The town is named after John "Happy Jack" Scaddan, the premier of Western Australia from 1911 to 1916 and a prominent advocate of the Esperance railway.Next is a slight detour off the beaten track to the site of Dundas Rocks, there is a descriptive plaque amongst the photos that tell the story of yet another ghost town...
Then my stop for the night Norseman
Gold was first found in the Norseman area in 1892, about 10 km south of the town, near Dundas. The "Dundas Field" was proclaimed in August 1893 and a townsite gazetted there.
In August 1894, Lawrence Sinclair, his brother George Sinclair, and Jack Alsopp discovered a rich gold reef which Sinclair named after his horse, Norse-Man. The family originally came from the Shetland Isles in December 1863. Laurie's brother James was working in Esperance as the Post and Telegraphist Master. In January 1895 the mining warden asked the Government to declare a townsite for the 200 or so miners who had arrived. It was gazetted on 22 May. The Aboriginal name for the area is "Jimberlana".Norseman initially struggled to develop because of the established town of Dundas, but between 1895 and 1901, a post office, banks, doctor, courthouse, stores and churches were established and in 1899 Cobb & Co mail coaches started delivering mail to Norseman. In 1935, Western Mining Corporation came to Norseman and invested significantly in its infrastructure, resulting in new bitumen roads, electricity and an extension of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme to the town.The population of the town was 418 (262 males and 156 females) in 1898.Once it was the second-richest goldfield in Western Australia, next to the Golden Mile of Kalgoorlie. It is claimed that since 1892, over 100 tonnes of gold have been extracted from the areaNorseman Gold Mine is Australia’s longest continuously running gold mining operation. As of 2006, it had been in operation for more than 65 years, producing in excess of 5.5 million ounces of gold in that time.
I have no idea how much has been extracted since 2006...
The Tin Camels: The unique corrugated iron camels that stand in the roundabout of main street are a tribute to the camel trains that carried mail and freight in the early days.