Place:Southern Cross, Western Australia, Australia

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NameSouthern Cross
TypeTown
Coordinates31.233°S 119.267°E
Located inWestern Australia, Australia
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Southern Cross is a town in Western Australia, Australia, 371 kilometres east of state capital Perth on the Great Eastern Highway. It was founded by gold prospectors in 1888, and gazetted in 1890. It is the major town and administrative centre of the Shire of Yilgarn. At the 2011 census, Southern Cross had a population of 762.

The town of Southern Cross is one of the many towns which run along the Mundaring to Kalgoorlie Goldfields Water Supply Scheme engineered by C. Y. O'Connor.

A succession of gold rushes in the Yilgarn region near Southern Cross in 1887, at Coolgardie in 1892, and at Kalgoorlie in 1893 caused a population explosion in the barren and dry desert centre of Western Australia.

It is named after the Southern Cross constellation, and the town's streets are named after constellations and stars.

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.

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