Old ghost towns, historic ruins, remnants of telegraph poles, a lonely grave; all in a pristine eastern goldfields woodlands, gives the traveller many opportunities to tune into days gone by, to marvel at the hardships endured by our early prospectors and telegraph line workers and enjoy the natural beauty of the bush.
This trek follows a section of the Overland Telegraph line between Dundas and the Balladonia telegraph station. Most of the telegraph poles and wire have disappeared, although some have been used on local stations for fencing etc. Here and there, the odd telegraph pole or at least the base of telegraph poles can still be seen. The service track is clearly visible and provides access to the sites of various linesmen camps, granite rocks and salt lakes.
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The Dundas Norseman end of this trek is in Salmon Gum and Gimlet country i.e. typical WA goldfields woodlands. Many scenic salt lakes and granite rocks are passed on this trek, providing interesting vistas and opportunities to get out of your vehicle and walk around.
This branch of the overland telegraph line was built in 1896 to provide additional telegraph services
as a result of the WA’s gold rushes in the 1890's. This line ran off from the Coolgardie to Esperance telegraph line at Dundas and went across to Balladonia and then Eucla. The line was in use until 1927 when another line, with greater capacity, was built following the Trans Australian Railway.
Norseman was named by Lawrence S. Sinclair in July 1894 after his horse Norseman. Legend has it that a nugget became trapped in his horse’s shoe, resulting in the gold strike.
Dundas is an abandoned goldfields townsite some 21 km south of Norseman. It was gazetted in 24th May 1895. The name was taken from the nearby Dundas Hills named by Surveyor General J S Roe in 1848 after Captain Dundas of the Royal Navy ship HMS Tagus.
Balladonia is the name of a rock at the site. It was originally named Ballajuinya on 8th August 1879 by John & Stephen Ponton; this was corrupted to Balladungea and later Balladonia.