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The Murchison - Mt Magnet, Cue, Meekatharra, WA
 
Cue Police Station and Post Office Great Northern Highway Mount Magnet main street Cue club
Feral goat at Mt Magnet Ore battery - Meekatharra Lake Austin Mt Magnet open-cut goldmine
Ore crusher at Meekatharra Lake Austin Diamond Doves Mt Magnet Shire Office
Terrain around Meekatharra Abandoned bank at Cue Empty shops at Cue Purple mullah-mullah
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  The Murchison photograph collection concentrates on the Great Northern Road and the townships of Mount Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra. This is a pastoral region (sheep and cattle) with substantial mining activity (gold, iron and nickel). Townships in the region have been heavily influenced by gold mining, now and in the past. The area has an arid climate (average annual rainfall is 210 mm) with winter rainfall; the rain is unreliable and ground water sources are heavily used. Vegetation is mixed; the region is the interface between the eucalypt environment of the south-west and the mulga-spinifex of the north. The Murchison is sparsely populated with large pastoral leases and small townships. In the 2006 census Meekatharra's population was 798, Cue was 273 and Mount Magnet recorded 424 people.