Norseman
Collage of Norseman.

The Aboriginal name for the area around Lake Dundas is 'Jimberlana' and gold had already been found in the Dundas Hills in 1892. In 1894 Laurie Sinclair had been working in Coolgardie and was making the 370km journey south to Esperance. He stopped overnight to visit his brother on the Dundas Goldfields and tethered his horse for the evening. In the morning the nag had pawed away at the ground beneath him and unearthed a sizeable gold nugget. The horse's name was 'Hardy Norseman' and so the town of Norseman was founded.

The twin towns of Norseman and Dundas coexisted for some time but it wasn't until Norseman had grown to incorporate banks, shops and hotels as well as a post office, doctor and finally the Cobb & Co stagecoach service that the town began to come into it's own. The 'Norseman Gold Mine' is Australia's longest continually running gold mine and it helped Norseman outgrow Dundas. Today Dundas is no more than a scar on the landscape.

By 1910 Norseman boasted an outdoor theatre that seated 600 people, two breweries, both magistrate and warden's courts, five hotels, three churches and a masonic hall. Water had always been a problem on the Dundas fields and ten miles of water mains helped alleviate the reliance on distilled salt water. Norseman rests besides two massive salt lakes.

Local Attractions include the Beacon Hill Lookout, Bromus Dam, massive tailings dump and the volunteer-run museum. Lake Dundas offers spectacular sunsets over the salt lake and a host of old mine workings and the odd isolated grave. Dundas Rocks are a popular local feature of the area.

Norseman remains an important transit stop for travellers crossing the Nullarbor Plain. The Eyre Highway connects Port Augusta in South Australia and Norseman in Western Australia and most travellers crossing the Nullarbor use Norseman as a refuelling point and to stock up on supplies and water. Services are few and limited between Norseman and Ceduna.

Today Norseman is a reasonably well appointed town that is home to just under a thousand transit residents. The incredibly wide main street, shop verandahs covering the footpath and buildings made from brick, timber and iron are typical of the architecture of the era.


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