Gnarlbine Well

Location

491 kilometres (direct line) ENE of Perth.

532 kilometres along Hunts Track.

29 kilometres (straight line) south-west of Coolgardie.

GPS Coordinates of Well

 

UTM
51J
305484 metres East
16552147 metres North

DMS
31°8'54.64"S
120°57'34.16"E

Directions

From Coolgardie

Head south-west on Victoria Rock Road for 30 kilometres.

Along Hunts Track

Head east from Yerdanie and follow the signgage for 36 kilometres.

Condition

Needs cleaning out but otherwise in good condition.

Authority

DPaWs
Kalgoorlie (regional headquarters)

32 Brookman Street KALGOORLIE
9080 5555

History

Gnarlbine Soak was a very important water source for aboriginal people. The first European to discover the soak was explorer Henry Lefroy in 1863. C.C. Hunt visited it in August 1864 and developed the soak into a well in 1865:

19 July 1865 halt at Gnarlbine, … having a well to make here, the bullocks must suffer for a day or two as it is absolutely necessary to have a well sunk here, the distance from Camp 21 to Camp 23 being upwards of forty miles …

20 July 1865. Party engaged sinking well, ….

21 July 1865. Party engaged stoning up the well, … P.M. completed the well and removed the party about 18 miles to the westward …

Gnarlbine became an important stopping place for explorers and prospectors, including R.J. Holland when he put through what today is known as the Holland Track. In the early days of Coolgardie, before the pipeline was built it was a vital supply of water.

There are a number of plaques at Gnarlbine. The plaque on the well reads:

 

“GNARLBINE SOAKS”
Discovered by H.M. LEFROY 1863
Improved by C.C. HUNT 1864
Water at this Soakage was of great assistance
to later Explorers and Prospectors
A.FORREST   1871        G. MacPHERSON ’88 ’89
G.WITHERS   ’90          BAYLEY and FORD ’92
Afterwards used by thousands living in district

Erected By
Public Subscription and E. Goldfields
Historical Society
Sept 1950