Jenkins Henry Joseph (Harry) was in the company of John W. Goodliff, Laurence Sinclair and his brother Jim when gold was discovered near Dundas in 1894. They were the first to find gold on the Mt Barker reef at Norseman. The opening of the Mallee country and the Goldfields was thought to promise a great future for the port of Esperance.
At this time Harry Jenkins and his wife the former Sarah Jane Jones of Ballarat were farming a homestead block at Gibson and Harry was building the Gibson Soak Hotel. The hotel was built on a 5 acre freehold block and was opened on Christmas Day 1896.
In 1910, Harry took up 1,000 acres conditional purchase land location 445, four miles north of the condenser near Scadden. This was the last working condenser between Esperance and Norseman.
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