Shire of Yilgarn
The Shire of Yilgarn is a local government area in the eastern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia about 400 kilometres (250 mi) east of Perth, the state capital. The Shire covers an area of 30,720 square kilometres (11,860 sq mi) and its seat of government is the town of Southern Cross. The main industries within the Shire are mining and farming.
|Shire of Yilgarn|
Yilgarn Shire Office, Southern Cross, 2017
Location in Western Australia
|Population||1,202 (2016 census)|
|• Density||0.039128/km2 (0.10134/sq mi)|
|Area||30,720 km2 (11,861.1 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Wayne Della Bosca|
|Council seat||Southern Cross|
|Website||Shire of Yilgarn|
The Yilgarn Road District was established on 24 December 1891. The town of Southern Cross separated as the Municipality of Southern Cross on 16 June 1892, but was re-absorbed into the road district on 8 February 1918.
On 1 July 1961, it became a shire under the Local Government Act 1960, which reformed all remaining road districts into shires.
Towns and localitiesEdit
Many of the following are ghost towns associated with short-lived mineral booms between the 1890s and the 1940s.
- William Oats, Southern Cross Municipality mayor 1895–1896; later a state MP
- Harold Seddon, Southern Cross Municipality councillor late 1910s; later a state MP
- Lionel Kelly, Yilgarn Road Board member 1929–1932, 1932–1943; later a state MP
- John Panizza, Shire of Yilgarn councillor 1975–1987, president 1982–1987; later a senator