Gwalia

Saturday, 22nd June 2013
We left Malcolm Dam around 9:30 in the morning. Once again a freezing morning and we switched on the heater around 5:00 am. This enabled us to go back to sleep and I was surprised to sleep in till after 7:00 am. Lots of packing up still to be done, the awning is still out and the caravan not yet hooked up to the LandCruiser. I ventured out into the cold and started packing up. I even had a go at cleaning the awning that had collected a lot of red dust on the dirt roads.

We drove into Leonora and out to the dump point to empty the cassette and to fill up the Kedron’s water tanks from the tap at the other end of the information bay. There was quite a queue and we had to wait a while before it was our turn. One of the caravans filling up was on his way prospecting and not only filled up the van but also many canisters in the back of his ute.

Leaving Leonora, we have now left the Outback Way behind us.

We are now travelling with Kay and Bruce having left Chris and Val behind at Malcolm Dam. Perhaps we will meet up again later on. Shortly after pulling out from filling up with water, Kay suggested a detour to Gwalia, a ‘Ghost Town’ that was deserted when the nearby mine closed. Today the mine has re-opened and some of the abandoned buildings are inhabited again.

We first drove up to the museum which overlooks the open cut mine. The museum is located next to Hoover house, the house that Herbert Hoover occupied as Mine Manager during his brief stay in Gwalia, many years before he was elected President of the United States. He arrived in Gwalia on the back of a camel to establish the mine.
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Incredible the size of these pits.
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Incredible the size of the dump trucks.
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and the speed they travel down into the bottom of these pits.

I enjoyed looking down into the ‘Ghost Town’ seeing the abandoned buildings.

They are a stark reminder of the hardship the inhabitants had to endure not that long ago.

They probably even thought that their life was good – until the mine closed and they had to move and find alternative employment.

We drove down to the hotel.

We left the vehicles parked outside the hotel to explore the old town.
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Many buildings are still abandoned and some of them are open for viewing by us.

I love the fence made up from bed headboards.

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I enjoyed walking around the little town, exploring the old houses. I much prefer this to museums.

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