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Southern Cross (31°13'S 119°19'E) is a town in Western Australia, roughly 350 kilometres east of Perth on the Great Eastern Highway. It was founded by gold prospectors during the late 1880s, and gazetted in 1890. It is the major town and administrative centre of the Shire of Yilgarn.

The town of Southern Cross is one of the many towns which run along the Mundaring to Kalgoorlie pipeline engineered by C. Y. O'Connor. This pipeline — perhaps the world's longest water main — carries water 330 miles (530 km).

A succession of gold rushes in the Yilgarn region near Southern Cross in 1887, at Coolgardie in 1892, and at Kalgoorlie in 1893 caused a population explosion in the barren and dry desert centre of Western Australia.

It is named after the Southern Cross constellation, and the town's most significant streets are named after stars.

Southern Cross also serves as a stop on the Prospector rural train service.

Southern Cross Airport
Photo credit: Richard Dale, Flight Club


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