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Kalgoorlie's days of golden glory began in 1893 when Paddy Hannan and his fellow Irish prospectors Thomas Flanagan and Dan Shea found gold near Mt Charlotte. Other prospectors soon discovered the immense deposits of the Golden Mile, the richest square mile of gold-bearing earth in the world, and thousands of men came from all over the world.

The major problem holding back the area, the lack of water, was solved in 1903 with the completion of a 563km water pipeline designed by the engineering genius C.Y. O'Connor.

The echoes of Kalgoorlie-Boulder's boisterous past are still to be witnessed everywhere. Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie, and Burt Street, Boulder, offer an insight into the way things were in the 1890's.
There are many attractions and activities in this area and travellers are advised to allow a minimum of 3-4 days to explore and discover the charm of the Goldfields.


Once the centre of Australia's greatest gold rush, Coolgardie is now the nation's best preserved gold mining town. Prospector Arthur Bayley, and his friend William Ford, found a fabulous reef of gold in 1892, which they named "Bayley's Reward" By 1900, Coolgardie had a population of 15,000 with two stock exchanges, 60 stores, 23 hotels, 3 breweries, many churches, and 6 newspapers. Now a lovely town of approximately 1,400 People, Coolgardie has carefully preserved the best of its past. Its wide streets are lined by grand stone and brick buildings mixed with corrugated iron and timber homes, reflecting both the wealth and impennanence of the gold rush.


The town was born in 1887 with the discovery of gold and the establishment of the Red Hill Mine, near the shores of the giant salt pan, Lake Lefroy, but the gold ran out by 1907.

Nearly 60 years later, Western Mining Corporation announced the discovery of a massive nickel deposit and the establishment of Australia's first nickel mine at Kambalda.


In 1894, a prospector named Robert Menzies stubbed his toe on the rich gold bearing rocks that later became the Lady Shenton Mine and the town of Menzies was born. The population peaked in 1905 with an estimated 10,000 people, 13 hotels and 3 breweries but the decline in gold mining meant Menzies rapidly diminished and many satellite towns disappeared altogether. Today, many reminders of Menzies former glory still remain.


Explorer John Forrest led the first party into this area in 1869 while searching for the lost Leichhardt Expedition. He named an isolated peak, Mount Leonora in honour of the wife of the then Western Australian Governor. In 1896 the first gold claims were pegged at Leonora, and its twin town Gwalia (the Gaelic name for Wales).


This small ghost town lies on an unsealed road 69km south east of Leonora. Kookynie has declined from 1,500 to fewer than 10 people, but the 1894 vintage Grand Hotel survives with its big verandahs and spacious rooms. The town is surrounded by old mine workings and tail dumpings. Of special interest is the Kookynie Museum, open daily, with its collection of photographs, memorabilia and antique bottles. Art, crafts and souvenirs available.


Within 10km of Kookynie, Niagara has declined even more sharply. The population in 1905 was 1,000 and is now nil. Almost nothing remains of the buildings, but visitors may find many old bottles and small relics of the gold rush days. Niagara Dam, was built in 1897 with cement carried from Coolgardie by camel-back. The surrounding area is rugged and scenic with good bird life, and is ideal for picnics. Please note the access road is not suitable for caravans.


Drawing its name from the nearby pastoral station "Leinster Downs" the town was established in 1977 to service the nickel mining industry. Since the re-opening of Agnew Nickel Mine in 1987, Leinster has gradually increased in importance. Within a 35km radius there are three operational gold mines.


Gold was discovered in 1896 near the present-day town of Laverton. The town declined when surface gold gave out, but revived in the 1970s following the discovery of nickel at nearby Windarra.


The gold mining town of Norseman is Western Australia's "Golden Gate to The Western State".

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