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For information on Kalgoorlie Boulder's history, heritage and gold mining, click on the relevant links below:
Patrick Hannan (more commonly known as Paddy Hannan) is the man who made the famous gold find in Kalgoorlie, during an area that later became known as the "Gold Rush".
What is Gold? This information source has been kindly provided by the Western Australian Museum in Kalgoorlie Boulder, and takes an in depth look at one of the heaviest metals known to man, Gold!
The Metrology of Gold is the various measurements used for Gold, and the conversions between them.
Open Pit Mining explains what an open cut mine is, including the major profitability factors that open cut mining companies consider. For more information on the Super Pit, visit The Super Pit Shop located at 2 Burt Street, Boulder, Western Australia or click here
Western Australia's gold industry goes back in time, from the "Gold Rush" days through to the present - with respect to the mining industry. This is quite a brief overview and is not always specific to Kalgoorlie.
Charles Yelverton O’Connor was the Engineer in Chief of Railways for Western Australia in 1891. However, he was relieved of his Railway duties so he could focus on projects such as the construction of the Fremantle Harbour works, the Mundaring Weir, and the pipe line which would extend from the Mundaring Weir, all the way to Kalgoorlie. This link will take you through the life of C. Y. O'Connor.
The Golden Pipeline Document discusses in depth the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme that saw the Mundaring Weir built between 1892- 1902, and continues to supplies water to the Wheatbelt and Goldfields today. Also available at the Visitor entre is The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail Guide, a comprehensive self drive guide and a 'time capsule of water, gold and Western Australia', by the National Trust.
The Mount Charlotte Reservoir at Kalgoorlie marks the end of the Golden Pipeline and the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme. Mount Charlotte is also the name given to a small underground mining operation located in close proximity to the reservoir and managed by KCGM (Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines).
Herbert Clark Hoover was born in West Branch Iowa, USA on the 10th of August 1874 and graduated from Geology at 22 and sent to the Western Australian Goldfields in 1896 by a London engineering firm. While in Australia he was appointed mine superintendent at the Sons of Gwalia Gold Mine in Leonora. To visit the ghost town and learn more of this history, the Golden Quest Discovery Trail and Guide Book is a comprehensive self drive trail in the Northern Goldfields and incorporates Gwalia in the trail. During the two and a half years he spent in Australia, it is also believed that he grew fond of a barmaid at the then newly opened Palace Hotel. From 1929 to 1933 he was the President of the United States of America.
There are a number of publications for sale at the visitor centre that include historical and present day information on Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields.
Contact Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold for further information on (08) 9021 1966 or call into the centre at the Kalgoorlie Town Hall on the corner of Wilson and Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie.