"Edge of the Desert"
by P.R. Heydon (O.A.M.)
ISBN 0 85905 216 8, (1996 new), Hard Cover, 155mm x 240mm, 624pp, illustrated, 1kg
$75.00 + POST
Wiluna - "Edge of The Desert", celebrates the Centenary of Wiluna, and covers the period 1886-1996. It tells of the three phases of gold mining; of a vibrant town of 9,000 people at its peak; of the reminiscences of 80 people living in the town and on pastoral properties.
Tales of drovers coming down the Canning Stock Route; policemen searching for murderers; aboriginals and lost prospectors are just some the stories from that lonely area on the edge of the desert.
Phil Heydon commenced his working life in the Post Office at Cue, in 1935, as a Telegraph Messenger. He worked in most Murchison goldfield towns, returning to Big Bell as Postmaster in 1947 and retired as Postmaster at the General Post Office, Perth. He was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1979.