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There’s gold in those hills

Caroline, Tuesday 3 October 2006

Saturday’s footie game was great – and I won $5 as my guess about how the final score would end was the closest (85-84 to the West Coast Eagles, much to the delight of all in Perth)!

View of Kalgoorie from the top of Mine Head Gear © Caroline Smith

View of Kalgoorie from the top of Mine Head Gear © Caroline Smith

Then on Sunday we travelled to an outback mining town called Kalgoorlie. Gold was first discovered here in the late 1800s, and there was a large gold rush once news got out of the amazing finds.

Phil, Caroline and Martin sitting on large bulldozer blade © Caroline Smith

Phil, Martin and me sitting on large bulldozer blade © Caroline Smith

Now minerals are mined as well as gold - most of the 30,000 or so people in Kalgoorlie work either in the mines or in a related industry like engineering or metallurgy. My first impression of the town was ‘It’s the Wild West’! The main street’s called Hannan Street, after Paddy Hannan, who originally discovered gold here. This is where most of the shops, bars and restaurants are - many of these date back to the days of the gold rush and are quite ornate. Kalgoorlie residents in the early days apparently wanted to show their wealth and prestige to people coming into the town.

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One Response to “There’s gold in those hills”

  1. Ian Bolwell says:

    Hi guys, fantastic experience on the meteorite fields with you all.
    It was a new part of the country for me, and I am really impressed with your commitment to the cause. If you are ever in Victoria, please drop by we would love to see you all, beds and good India pale.
    Cheers, Ian

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