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A picture postcard of Bulong , addressed to my ggUncle Mr Ross Coulter , Woolgar near Menzies WA from my ggAunt Jeanette Harrod of Bulong (his sister). Dated 15th April , I cant make out the year but she died in 1910 so prior to that .From - Mary Coulthard

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Bulong Townsite  - Photo SLWA

A goldfields town about 34 kilometres east of Kalgoorlie, Bulong was gazetted in 1895. After the discovery of gold in this vicinity the area became known as "I.O.U" which was the name of a mine or a gold-mining lease. In October 1894 surveyor G.C.Hamilton was instructed to lay out a townsite at "I.O.U" and to "suggest a better name for it". Hamilton suggested "Boolong", the aboriginal name of a small soak situated nearby. This name was adopted but was spelt "Bulong" to conform with the Standard system of spelling Aboriginal names.

By 1998, all but the cemetery had disappeared, and new a very large mining venture is in operation, this time not gold but nickel/copper.


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Bulong Street Map 1916 - Image SLWA


Plaque on Bulong Obelisk 1966 - Photo M Sharp

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