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When visiting Northampton you have a chance to visit a rich past. Before European settlers arrived here there were Aborigines in the area. You can see some aboriginal paintings in the sheltered overhangs at Bowes River Road, turn off a kilometre before Horrocks Beach.

More recently the townsite of Northampton was founded. In 1848 Welsh and Cornish miners began mining lead and by 1855 copper mining had also commenced.

The Lynton Convict Hiring Station was established in 1853 to supply labour, and Port Gregory served as the port for exporting the mined minerals. Read more about Lynton and Port Gregory...

The Northampton townsite was surveyed and declared in 1864. At this time it was simply known as 'The Mines'. It was renamed Northampton, in honour of John Stephen Hampton, the governor of WA

In 1879 the first public railway of Western Australia was opened between Northampton and Geraldton. The Northampton railway station has been restored and you can visit it at the Mary Street Railway Precinct. Here you can find a display of railway memorabilia and rolling stock items. On the main street you can also see one of the old carriages. Read more about the Northampton Railway.

The Northampton Visitor Centre, a stone building which was formerly the Old Police Station, quarters and courthouse, was built in 1885.

You can also visit the site of Northampton's first bank (1908), Chiverton House (c.1885). Or step into the past in the Northampton Family Store (1910) where you really can find everything. The Northampton Family Store will give you a feel of what shopping was like in years gone by with old fashioned service and original fittings.

In fact, the town Northampton and surrounds has many heritage listed places and in 1993 it was declared an Historic Town by the National Trust. Some of the buildings listed by the Heritage Council WA include;

Alma School (fmr)
Baddera Mines
Chiverton House Complex
Gwalla Church and Cemetery
Convent of the Sacred Heart (fmr)
Geraldine Lead Mine
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Lynton Convict Hiring Depot (ruins)
Northampton Visitor Centre (fmr Police Station)
Northampton Roads Board Building (fmr)
Northampton State Battery
Our Lady in Ara Coeli Church
Wanerenooka Mine Site
and Warribanno Chimney

For more information on these and more heritage buildings around Northampton, visit the Visitor Centre on Hampton Road. More info can also be found by visiting the Heritage Australia website