Anaconda - Eulaminna

List of known burials

Location: Shire - Leonora
Direction - 43 kilometers south east of Leonora on the old Leonora to Laverton Road
Number of known graves - 5

First Burial

October 28th 1902, Rose Macy, a baby died aged 12 days, premature birth being the given reason.

Last burial

February 12th 1924, John Gallagher, a prospector died of natural causes


Age at death (Years)


0 – 1 year


20 – 29 years


60 – 69 years


2 – 5 years


30 – 39 years


70 – 79 years


6 – 9 years


40 – 49 years


80+ years


10 – 19 years


50 – 59 years






Cause of death



Natural causes






The area started in gold prospected by David Lambie in 1897 but copper became the major mineral mined. Rather than gold, it was copper mainly being uncovered, and Lambie let the mine under option to the Great Boulder Hampton Company for 2500 pounds. Their prospecting failed to find anything worthwhile. Then the lease was jumped by Charles Taylor for non fulfilment of labour conditions. Taylor uncovered high grade ore. His first 225 tonnes was dispatched to Wallaroo in South Australia, and realised 4400 pounds. The ore contained 30% copper.

Early History

Lots were originally surveyed in 1900 to serve the nearby Anaconda Copper mine which also later changed its name to the Murrin Murrin Copper mine, Murrin Murrin being an indigenous name for an acacia tree common in the area. It was also locally known as the Eulaminna mine.
By 1901, the mine had produced 10 000 tonnes of ore for 700 ton of copper worth 50 000 pounds and employed 200 men.
By 1903 there were 64 residential lots a population of about 350, a police station, two hotels, two stores, a chemist and a newsagent.
Anaconda town was gazetted on 25th March 1904 but the name was changed to the Aboriginal name of Eulaminna on 24th July 1907 because of the confusion on the London stock market of the original name confused a mine of the same name in the USA.
By 1903 the town had a population of 350. However due to mismanagement the closed in 1904 but was taken over by a new company called the Murrin Copper Mines Ltd. In a case of history repeating itself, the mine closed for good in 1908.


Interesting Information

In the early 20th century the Anaconda Copper Mine was considered the most important copper mine in Western Australia having produced over half the copper for the state.

Now there is a modern nickel-cobalt mine 12 kilometres north-east of the historic Murrin Murrin townsite, which started its life in 1999 as the Anaconda Mine after the company which founded it, then changed its name to Murrin Murrin. It is the third largest nickel-cobalt mine in the world.

Source Information

Outback Family History
Mindat loc-263630
Mindat loc-109701

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