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BLACK FLAG, Western Australia

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BLACK FLAG is a ghost town in Western Australia, located 30km north west of Kalgoorlie.
It is on the Black Flag to Ora Banda Road in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia.

The town derives its name from the Black Flag gold find that was discovered in 1893 when a prospector, R.H HENNING pegged the lease.

The mine was producing and attracting more miners to the area in 1894, the town was gazetted in 1897.

A condenser was built in 1895 to produce drinking water for the towns population.

John FORREST visited the town in the same year during his 1,600km (994 mi) tour through the goldfields.

A police station and a racecourse had been established in the town in 1896 and at the towns peak over eight hotels, a bakery, a bank and a myriad of other businesses were operating.

The two biggest mines in town Black Flag and Lady Bountiful closed down between 1906 and 1907 and the town was abandoned shortly afterward.

The name of the town is thought to originate from a flag that had been hung up to indicate that a store was open for business.


the BLACK FLAG POSTAL DIRECTORY 1900

BLACK FLAG PROPRIETORY Co

BOUNSELL & Son (S.) stationers & newsagents
BOUNSELL S. hairdresser

BROWN P. constable

CLARK W.J. mine manager

DAWES William, Club Hotel

DUNLOP J. manager condenser

GEORGE H. store assistant

GODFREY J. telegraph messenger

HEWITT E. store manager
HEWITT H.V. storekeeper
HEWITT Thomas H. Black Flag Hotel
HEWITT W.V. store assistant

HOWIE J. manager billiard saloon

HUNT W. mine manager

JONES Owen, Victoria Hotel

LEE Charles, baker

LLOYD T.E. postmaster

PENDER G.S. mine manager

PRICE A.H. manager W.A. Bank

REES M. mine manager

RODDA E. blacksmith

SCOTT H. butcher

SOLHILL F. Proprietary Hotel

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN BANK (A.H. Price, manager)


BLACK FLAG CEMETERY

HEFFERMAN James d. 10 Feb 1897

NOBILE Oresti d. 12 Apr 1897 age 25
Coolgardie

NORTHEY David d. 13 Feb 1900 age 4 days
Broad Arrow

NUNN George Edmund Louis Giangiacomo d. 13 Mar 1898 age 11 weeks
Broad Arrow

SHERLOCK Patrick d. 7 Dec 1896 age 54 mine accident
- East Coolgardie

TAGUCHI Fivhio d. 5 Jul 1897 age 38 b. Japan
Broad Arrow

WOOLCOCK William d. 3 Jun 1896 age 62
East Coolgardie 89/1897 BA Broad Arrow Registry District

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on 2011-08-02 18:26:50

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