Westonia came into existence with the discovery in 1910 of gold in the area, by a sandalwood cutter named Alfred D. 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. The government resisted gazetting Westonia as a town until February 1926. In 1935 one of the mines reopened, but closed again in 1948, only to be reopened in 1985. The mine then closed again in 1991.
In 2009, it was announced that mining would once again commence at Westonia’s Edna May Gold Mine, with the first gold pour anticipated for May 2010, coinciding with the centenary of the discovery of gold in the district.
Westonia is a wheat and sheep farming district.
If you are interested in building a home or building a business in the picturesque town, a serviced ¼ acre block can be purchased for $5,000.
The town has been preserved to reflect its days as a booming gold mining town. Old buildings have been restored and new buildings constructed in a style that represents the past.