Hamelin Pool Hamelin Pool is located 98km south of Denham , at Shark Bay , in Western Australia. Hamelin Pool is a landlocked marine basin separated from
Shark Bay by a shallow sand bank. At the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve you can find
colonies of algae which form hard, dome shaped columns called stromatolites. Also at Hamelin Pool you can
explore the remains of the old Telegraph Station which was established in 1884.
StromatolitesJust a short walk from the carpark you will come across strange cauliflower
looking rock like structures popping up above the waterline. You have arrived in one of only two places in the
world where living marine stromatolites occur, the other is in the Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas. The stromatolites were
discovered in Hamelin Pool in 1954 and are the world's oldest living fossils.
Flint Cliff Telegraph Station
In 1884 the Flint Cliff Telegraph Station was established at Hamelin Pool,
in Shark Bay. The name was later changed to 'Flagpole Landing' when they began using a flag as a marker for
ships bringing supplies to the settlement. For almost eighty years telegraph stations were an essential part
of life to the north-west (Geraldton to Wyndham) and outback regions of Western Australia. A single strand of
thin wire would carry the Morse code signals to operators stationed at post offices around the state. In many
cases it was the only means of rapid communication in isolated settlements, though most outback settlers had
two-way radio contact with their nearest Royal Flying Doctor service.