WA - Yilgarn Area

Submitted: Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:04
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Hi all,

I've been out to the Yilgarn looking around. Thought I'd share a few pics.

Here is one of the wells from Colreavy. This is all that is left of the well (south of the town which was deregisterd in 1912)



This is Farrens Rockhole about 8 km east of Mt Colreavy. I reckon this RH has been modified to allow for more water, initially for prospectors and then stock.


This is the old Marda Tank, however I could not locate the nearby Gnamma Holes.



About 12 kms or so north of Koolyanobbing along the road to Helena and Aurora Range are a number of Gnammas in a group of which two are shown here (not far along a track to east)



Three Mile Rocks (as they were known a 130 years ago or so) were on the original track from Southern Cross to Mount Jackson. Within the rocks lay a Gnamma Hole. I think it it called Three Mile Rocks as it is Three miles approximately NNW from Trough Well.

It is quite large. As the original track was not in use for long it shows no signs of human use at all. At these places normally you would find old tin cans and bottles - I found nothing.

I hypothesise that as it is only 3 miles from Trough Well it was not considered a major rest stop (Kurrajong is only 20 kms to the north) hence the lack of debris.

However, it would seem that originally it was dug out completely and the soil/rocks dumped to one side. The Gnamma is filling up again - some from additional soil washed in, and some from the original pile of soil.







This is Tin Hill Tank - A stopping Point on the original Southern Cross to Koolyanobbing Road.



This may be Gus Luck's (Augustus) inscription on this tree - I'm not sure.


Barcooting Hill played an important part in the opening up of the Goldfields. Here is the channel leading into the main tank there. There is supposed to be two tanks - I only found the main one by the track. Does anybody know where the other one is?



Along the Bullfinch Evanston Road, about 13 km north of Lake Deborah East and then east a bit along a track is this water supply - Does anybody know what this is or was?



Cheers all
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Reply By: qldcamper - Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:16

Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:16
Great pics.
Did you come across any reminants of the Carina mine mineral services shut down recently. They had an 80 km sealed road running east west by the range crossing the kooly track running between the two pits. Worked there for a while and wondering whats left of it.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:21

Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:21
Hi qldcamper

I did cross two haul roads, including the one I think you mean.
Both were operational and in good maintained condition.

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Reply By: qldcamper - Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:25

Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:25
Didnt happen to notice a relocatable village a few km north of the sealed road did you?
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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:28

Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:28
No, I didn't see any transportable Villages, not until I reached Kool
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:45

Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:45
Alan
If you contact Mick (M&W) Della Bosca at SX he'd be able to answer those questions. He used to own the station around the Koolyanobbing mine and he's a 3rd or 4th generation SX resident

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:53

Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:53
Thank you Mark, I'll look him up.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:48

Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 18:48
Thanks for pics and history.

Great country out there. Hope to visit Helena Aurora Range in May.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 19:24

Monday, Mar 04, 2019 at 19:24
Hi Alan

Looks like you had a great drive and thanks for sharing


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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Thursday, Mar 07, 2019 at 11:26

Thursday, Mar 07, 2019 at 11:26
Well done Alan, some great finds there.


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