Images of Mining Life from the Past

Here is the beginning of a collection of old images of the early mining days in the northern goldfields of Western Australia, mainly the old Sons of Gwalia Mine at Leonora but many of other places also.

See this link for a map showing Leonora and Gwalia

Moving a 20 Ton Crankshaft

Before the 1921 Fire


Fire at Sons of Gwalia Mine 1921


1927 Buick Mail Car


1930 Mess Room


Head Frame 1948


Heading Underground in 1963


Sons of Gwalia Mine 1968

Anaconda Copper Mine Eulaminna 1900

Eulaminna was an old township east of Leonora along the road to Laverton

Rail Wash-away 1927 Floods


Afternoon Shift 1930


Allies Set 1916 Gwalia School Ball

Amongst the Wildflowers


Description is wrong £60,000 = $120,000 (AUD) and is today worth over $4,000,000!!


An Outing to Doyle’s Well, about 37 miles (60 km) north west of Leonora

Doyle’s Well Pub Ads


August 1913


Ballangarry Hotel

Balangarry is about 120 km north of Leonora near where Leinster is today


Bank of New South Wales Leonora in two different incarnations


Barnes Federal Theatre

Built in 1899 or Mr P. Barnes, an hotel owner and businessman of Leonora.


Cyclists at Craiggiemore Gold Mine

The old Craiggiemore Gold Mine was located in the Laverton Area


Gwalia Leonora Bus Service


Camel Drawn Plow, Gwalia

The Sign on the plough says Lynas Motors – I don’t know if there was an association with a Perth Ford Dealer of the same name.


Cameleer with his Camel


Camel Train Leonora 1930


Camel Train Wilsons Patch

Wilson’s Patch was about 80 km north of Leonora

Camel Trains = the top image is at the Gwalia Railway Station