Menzies is a town located in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, 728 kilometres (452 mi) east-northeast of the state capital, Perth, and 133 kilometres (83 mi) north-northwest of the city of Kalgoorlie.
]Gold was discovered in the area in 1894, and Mr Leslie Robert Menzies, an American-born prospector, and John McDonald were the first to take up a lease here in October 1894, naming their lease the “Lady Shenton”. It was a rich gold find, and the Mining Warden for the area recommended a townsite be declared in 1895, named in Menzies’ honour. The townsite was gazetted in August 1895.
It is a place that has seen many changes over the years. The population is generally low (less than 100) however this can and has changed rapidly as mines open and close in the local area. There is a pub with food and cold beer, a roadhouse with all the usual amenities and the old state battery, which is in mint condition and worth a look.