The original Madura Station Homestead was first settled by a G. Heinzmann in 1876.
Over the years leases covering varying areas were granted to a succession of hopeful pastoralists. Among these was William Henry Graham, the first Stationmaster at Eyre’s Patch Telegraph Station. Cavalry and polo horses were bred for the Indian Army for many years. They were shipped away from the coast south of Madura. There being no loading facilities immediately south of Madura, this operation was probably carried out at Eucla or Eyre.
The name is of unknown derivation.
Current day travellers more easily associate the name with the Madura Roadhouse and Madura Pass, both at the western end of the Roe Plains. The Pass allows the Eyre Highway to rise from the Roe Plains to the top of the Hampton Tablelands as it stretches westward to Cocklebiddy.
The reports of the various trips, tours and travels on the Adventures website have a lot of information about place names – their naming and features – toponymy. More information.
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