Westonia is a small town located in the Eastern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 10 kilometres (6 mi) north of the Great Eastern Highway. It is the main town in the Shire of Westonia.
Westonia came into existence with the discovery in 1910 of gold
in the area, by a sandalwood
cutter named Alfred Weston. Initially the area was known as Weston's Reward
and later as Westons
. By 1915 there were two major mines in the area, and the population was in excess of 500. By 1917 the area, by then known as Westonia
, had a population of more than 2,000. In 1919, low gold prices forced the closure of the mines, and many people left the area. Westonia was gazetted as a town in February 1926. In 1935 one of the mines reopened, but closed again in 1948, only to be reopened in 1985. The mine officially closed in 1991. However, recent projects have indicated that the mine may be reopened in late 2007.