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Big Bell is a photographic record of the derelict town in Western Australia near the town of Cue, established in 1936, and was home to the Big Bell Gold Mine.

Mining ceased in 2003 and the plant was dismantled and transported to the Westonia minesite in 2007.

It is a former railway branch terminus in Western Australia's Murchison Region. The first train arrived in Big Bell on 6 January 1937, however the line was not officially opened until 12 August that year. Services ceased from September 1944, but were revived the following year when the war in Europe was winding down and the gold mine reopened. The line finally closed on 31 December 1955. Not much of the buildings remain, but the roads stay visible in their original position as dirt tracks. It is very visible from an aerial view.

The Big Bell hotel reputedly had the longest bar in Australia.

In 1902 Herbert Hoover, who would later become the 31st President of the United States, was a company representative at the Big Bell open cut gold mine


About the Author

Robert Dunlop
hotworks Safety Bay, Western Australia, Australia
On retirement from Public Service in 2002 I transformed my photography hobby into a small boutique photographic business. I combine travel, recreation and adventure to provide customers with a unique personalised service for small creative assignments. I enjoy a challenge and often the customer plays a key role as we develop the projects together.

Publish Date  March 22, 2011

Dimensions  Large Format Landscape  28 pgs Standard Paper

Category  Arts & Photography

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