Lawlers Update – book review

This book is a rare publication and  is very hard to find. It was written by Lyn Hatch to celebrate the centenary of the town of Lawlers. The book was published by Plutonic mining who also published a book on Darlot.

100years  – Lawlers 1895 to 1996 – A tribute to past and present pioneers by Lyn Hatch published by –  Plutonic Mining in 1995


Latitude 28° 05′ S Longitude 120° 31′ E

The townsite of Lawlers is located in the eastern goldfields, about 992 km from Perth. It is also about 32 km from Leinster. Gold was discovered here in 1894 by Patrick J Lawler (“Paddy Lawler”), a prospector who was rewarded for his discovery in 1899. In 1896 the Government decided to survey a townsite at Lawlers, the land being surveyed in April and the townsite was gazetted later that year.

The following are some of the photographs from the book which are featured on the ‘Lawlers’ page on the Outback Family History web site.

Lawlers Townsite 1910

Routledge, Morris and Willis Butchers, Lawlers.

Lawlers State School 1919

Back Row:- L-R Albert CHAMPION, Don MAUND, Harry MAUND, Dorothy SMITH, Con FINCH,
Second Row:- Eunice SMITH, Ethel PHILLIPS, Larry POOLE, Gladys SHIEL, May BRANSON.
Front Row:-  ????, Albert LYNCH, Bob PHILLIPS, Des SMITH, ????, Kevin McPHERSON
Teacher:- Mr Keith McKEE photo – Mrs E McMeeken

Lawlers School 1925

Back Row:- Robert KING, George KING, Mildred MUTTON, Eileen LINANE, Harry KING,
Mr Hugh ENSOR (Teacher), Connie MaCPHERSON, Bell KING.
Front Row:- Nellie MacPHERSON, Harold KING, Jean WHITE, Ronald SHIEL, Grace KING, George BRANSON, Noni MacPHERSON, Bonnie ROBINSON and Walter ROBINSON – photo Eunice Martin

The book also has quite a few other photographs and information on the history of the town and its people. I have tried to locate a copy in the library system without any luck.
The ISBN is 0-646-25279-8

As well as stories and photograph it also lists the cemetery entries, police who served there the and short stories on various mines in the area.
More Lawlers updates to follow.

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My name is Moya Sharp, I live in Kalgoorlie Western Australia and have worked most of my adult life in the history/museum industry. I have been passionate about history for as long as I can remember and in particular the history of my adopted home the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Through my website I am committed to providing as many records and photographs free to any one who is interested in the family and local history of the region.

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  1. Gloria Wylie says:

    Where can I buy Lynn Hatchs book on Darlot please My Uncle worked there for years I will buy anything I can on Darlot

  2. Steve Nicholls says:

    My grandmother (Florence “Flossie” Grigg) was born in Lawlers in 1901 and was still living there in 1909. So, she is likely to be one of the children in this picture.

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