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Bullfinch

The old town of Bullfinch is 33 kilometres directly north of Southern Cross. The town was established in 1910 on the back of local gold discoveries. Gold mining in the area ceased in 1921. The name Bullfinch is derived from the name of gold mining leases held by Messrs Doolette and Shallcross. The town has two streets named after the pair. In the 1950's the town had a resurgence courtesy of nearby copper mines however these ceased functioning in May 1963


 
 
   
 
 

Bullfinch - Welcome Sign

Welcome to Bullfinch. Golden Valley, the First Major Gold Field. March 2015. Photos Ref: BLLF001

 

Bullfinch - Hotel

The Bullfinch Hotel, now closed. The original Bullfinch Hotel used to be at the south end of town. It burnt down. A former hotel on the pictured site also burnt down. This building looks of perhaps 1920's vintage. March 2015. Photos Ref: BLLF002

 

Bullfinch - Hotel

This blackboard affixed to the side of the hotel displays a few local comments. March 2015. Photos Ref: BLLF003

 

Bullfinch - Main Street

A view looking south down the main street. Southern Cross is 33 kilometres away, down there. How the fortunes of some of these places can change. Once upon a time this town was a hive of gold mining activity. Now is seems to be quietly disintegrating. March 2015. Photos Ref: BLLF004

 

Bullfinch - Old Building

An old building on the main street is slowly tumbling down. Until 1957, the railway used to run out here from Mukinbudin. The track has now been lifted. March 2015. Photos Ref: BLLF005

 

Bullfinch - Post Office

The Bullfinch post office was erected in 1905. It does not appear to be operational anymore though outwardly is still displays many of the trappings of a post office. March 2015. Photos Ref: BLLF006

 

Bullfinch - Old Shops

A pair of old shops in town. These are now vacant or are private residences. March 2015. Photos Ref: BLLF007

 

Bullfinch - Bus Shelter

This is a smart bus shop on the main street. A bus to where? Perhaps school children use this for their daily trip to Southern Cross. March 2015. Photos Ref: BLLF008

 

Bullfinch - School

A view of the former Bullfinch school. March 2015. Photos Ref: BLLF009

 

Bullfinch - School

The other side of the school. It seems that this is (or was) used by the Sons Of Gwalia Ltd as a single persons quarters and camp mess. It looked pretty deserted today. March 2015. Photos Ref: BLLF010

 

Bullfinch - House

There are still quite a few occupied houses in town and for those who like it, it would be a very peaceful existence. All around town are shells of old cars, many of which could be quite easily restored by enthusiasts. The number of old cars would surely exceed the number of people in town. There doesn't seem to be any operational facilities like shops, school, hotel etc here. However, a 20 minute drive south to Southern Cross is nothing to these hardy country folk. March 2015. Photos Ref: BLLF011

 

Bullfinch - Road Sign

At the north end of town, these are your choices. Mukinbudin is over 100 kms away on the Koorda - Bullfinch Road. March 2015. Photos Ref: BLLF012


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