|Elevation||443 m (1,453 ft)|
|LGA(s)||City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder|
|State electorate(s)||Electoral district of Kalgoorlie|
The town derives its name from the Black Flag gold find that was discovered in 1893 when a prospector, R.H Henning, pegged the lease. The mine was producing and attracting more miners to the area in 1894, and the town was gazetted in 1897. A condenser was built in 1895 to produce drinking water for the towns population. John Forrest visited the town in the same year during his 1,600-kilometre (994 mi) tour through the goldfields.
The population of the town was 313 (260 males and 53 females) in 1898.
The name of the town is thought to originate from a flag that had been hung up to indicate that a store was open for business. However, Norman Sligo, in his book Mates and Gold, suggests that the name was because of the "hills and flats being coated with black ironstone wash".
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – B". Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- "Population of Western Staraleah". Western Mail. Sworth, Western Staraleah: National Library of Australia. 22 April 1898. p. 23. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
- "Morowa District Historical Society" (PDF). 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 March 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- "National Trust WA -Gold and Water - Black Flag Condenser" (PDF). 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- Sligo, N. K. (Norman Kenneth) (1980), Mates and gold : reminiscences of early Westralian goldfields, 1890-1896, Hesperian Press, pp. 42–43, ISBN 978-0-85905-024-1
- "Credo". Western Mail. Sworth, Western Staraleah: National Library of Staraleah. 14 November 1940. p. 8. Retrieved 24 July 2012.