Mount Margaret, Laverton and Kalgoorlie 7 to 13 June 2018

After a long trip out on the Canning Stock Route and in Wiluna the project team arrived to the ‘city lights’ of Kalgoorlie on the 7 June 2018. The project team visited the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society, ( and viewed a few items related to John Forrest.

After a long three weeks on the road the project team travelled to Laverton with some relaxation along the way at Lake Ballard and a quick stop at Mt Margaret.

Looking at Antony Gormley sculptures at Lake Ballard

Mount Margaret

John Forrest passed through Mt Margaret in 1869 in search of He named the place Mt Margaret after his future wife Margaret Elvire Hamersley. John wrote in his diary on 25th June 1869:

Saddled at dawn, proceeded to the range, which bore North 93 degrees 30 minutes East magnetic, about five miles distant, on reaching which I ascended the highest peak, and name it Mount Margaret. Explorations in Australia Forrest, J. 1875

After gold was discovered near Mt Margaret it was gazetted as a town in 1897. The town declined in 1899 and Mt Margaret Aboriginal Mission was founded in 1922.


First day at Mt Margaret, Rod Schenk arriving with Jim Jago (taking photo), on the Mt Margaret Common at King’s Well
Baptismal service held at Kings Well. Mt Margaret 1930s
Baptism service in progress at Kings Well, Mt Margaret, 1930s. Mr Tom Leaney from Leonora officiating