Meekatharra is a town in the Mid West region of Western Australia. It is an Australian Aboriginal town, the Yamatji peoples word meaning ‘place of little water’.
It is a former gold rush town. It seems the first settlement at Meekatharra occurred in 1894 and that, after the prospectors Meehan, Porter and Soich discovered gold in May of 1896, miners moved to the new and mining grew rapidly in scale and sophistication. But success on the Meekatharra field was short-lived. It was only because a second gold discovery occurred in 1899 that the town survived. In 1901 the Meekatharra State Battery began operation and by Christmas Day 1903 the township had been officially gazetted.