A bill for the construction of the Norseman to Esperance railway line was introduced in parliament. The member for the district was the Hon. Thomas Walker. However the bill was unsuccessful, after being rejected by the Legislative Council.
ADVOCATING FOR AGRICULTURE
The question of an agricultural settlement north of Esperance was never seriously considered. The Chief Inspector of the Agricultural bank and the Chief Inspector of Lands questioned the availability and reliability of the water supply, which was entirely dependent on water condensers north of Esperance. A visit from the Agricultural and Railway Advisory Board members resulted in conflicting reports and recommendations. This, however, prompted further government action.
The Town’s population dropped to 132 people, 90 males and 42 females. The tiny population had dwindled by 209 people since the last census, taken in 1901.
The hospital closed. Local hotelier William Baird paid 70 guineas for the old Hospital building and relocated it to William Street.
SALT INDUSTRY CONTINUES
EJ McCarthy still considered Pink Lake Salt a good venture and persuaded the Standard Salt Company of Edithburgh in South Australia to takes over leases on Pink Lake. Mr Edward McCarthy continued as the Manager for the Standard Salt Company. The salt exported was (99%) pure.
GEORGE DOUST CARTING SALT TO TOWN FROM LAKE SPENCER FOR THE STANDARD SALT COMPANY.
(PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN- COURTESY BATTYE LIBRARY.8001B)