Caroline, Tuesday 3 October 2006
Saturday’s footie game was great â€“ 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)!
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.
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 â€˜Itâ€™s the Wild Westâ€™! 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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