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Callion is located in Western Australia
Location in Western Australia
Established 1897
Postcode(s) 8436
Elevation 485 m (1,591 ft)
  • 788 km (490 mi) NE of Perth
  • 60 km (37 mi) south of Menzies
LGA(s) Shire of Menzies
State electorate(s) Kalgoorlie
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Callion is an abandoned town in the Goldfields-Esperance region in Western Australia. It is between Coolgardie and Leonora, in the Shire of Menzies.

Gold was discovered here in 1895 and the town was originally known as Speakman's Find after the prospector who made the original discovery. The lease, owned by Speakman, Cooke and Lukin, was 30 acres in size and contained three reefs. The reefs became the Callion Mine, reportedly named after the local Aboriginal word for quartz, although it has been speculated that it was the name of another prospector, without any evidence. The town was gazetted in 1897.

One of the first mines established in the area was the Lady Kate, which was operating in early 1896. A 20 head battery was erected in the town in 1897 and continued to operate until at least 1902.

A cemetery is all that is left of the old townsite, which is now part of Credo Station.

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