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The Norseman Town Clock was unveiled in 1994 to commemorate Norseman`s Centenary Year.

The quest for gold led to the establishment of Norseman. Today there are a number of small goldmining operations in the area but only the Central Norseman Gold Corporation can be considered a major producer. Gold was first found in the Norseman area in 1892, about 10 kilometres south of the town, near Dundas. The "Dundas Field" was proclaimed in August 1893 and a townsite gazetted there.

In August 1894, Lawrence Sinclair, his brother George Sinclair, and Jack Alsopp discovered a rich gold reef which Sinclair named after his horse, Hardy Norseman. In January 1895 the mining warden asked the Government to declare a townsite for the 200 or so miners who had arrived. It was gazetted on 22 May.



Address:Roberts Street, Norseman , 6443
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.197776
Long: 121.780382
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1894
Approx. Event End Date:1994
Designer:Brand, Deykin & Hay (architects)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 5th August, 1994
Inscription in Proximity

This plaque was unveiled at the official opening of the Norseman Town Clock by Hon George Cash JP, MLC Minister for Mines on 5 August 1994 to commemorate Norseman centenary year.

The clock structure symbolises a head frame, representing the enormous contribution mining has provided the town over the past 106 years. The stonewall within its landscaping is reminiscent of early goldfields architecture.

All three elements in the installation form a tribute to the pioneers who laboured to ensure a better life for future inhabitants of this town and the state.

The structure has been made possible with generous contributions from Central Norseman Gold Corporation and Samantha Mining.

Brand Deylin & Hay  Architects
F. W. Brown              Shire President
L. A. Gilbert               Shire Clerk

Source: MA
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