Coolgardie Travel Guide

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Coolgardie Things to Do

  • THE SMALLEST BANK IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    The smallest Bank in W.A. is located in Ben Priors Park. It a stone building that was erected in 1892 for the National Bank. Now a museum piece, it holds the record as Australia's smallest bank building.Another nearby Bank also lays claim to this titile. Which is correct I don't know, both are very small. If you wish to see that Bank, take a drive...

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  • BEFORE THOSE FLUSHING TOILETS!

    I am in Ben Prior Park and have found two pieces of Australian history on display that is rarely seen.Right at the back of the park is an undercover area where old vehicles are on display. This is really interesting as it's here where the Night Cart that takes the toilet waste away can be seen.In parts of Australia, like Brisbane where I live, deep...

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  • BEN PRIOR'S PARK

    Ben Prior's Park is an open air display of old mining equipment, including mining jigs, drills, antiquated boilers and head frames, old cars and much, much more!How could you miss it? Really you couldn't as its located in the main street and best of all it's FREE!So in we wandered to have a look around, and we did find it interesting and we did...

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  • BAYLEY STREET

    THE 1890s - 15,000 people lived in the town and another 15,000 people lived about 5kms from town. There were 21 office blocks, several newspapers, two stock exchanges and heaps of Hotels. 700 mining companies based in Coolgardie were registered with the London Stock Exchange. SOME FIRSTS WERE-The first public swimming pool in Western Australia.The...

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  • COOLGARDIE PARKLANDS

    The Coolgardie Parklands I came across the western end of Bayley street. What a pleasant green area this was, especially as nearly everything around here was red dirt.It's a good place to stop and stretch the legs, go to the toilet and let the children run loose in the excellent playground. There was undercover seating, much needed in the sunny...

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  • THE ENTOMBED MINER

    Located in the Goldfields Museum is "The Chamber of the entombed Miner."In here was where I read the true story of how Modesto Varischetti was trapped in a mine and rescued, making it one of the greatest rescues of the time.Modesto Varischetti was a gold miner who was trapped in a gold mine for nine days after a thunderstorm flooded the Bonnievale...

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  • ONLY ONE HOTEL OPEN!

    This is true, out of 23 Hotels that were in this town when the Gold rush was on, there are only three standing. Only one is still operating and that is the Denver City Hotel. The other was put to auction but didn't sell, hardly a person was interested.The third is the beautiful brick Marble Bar Hotel from 1897, now used by the RSL.Beside the sign...

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  • GOLDFIELDS EXHIBITION MUSEUM

    Occupying the old Wardens Court Building is the Goldfields Exhibition Museum.Entry was only $2 and the Museum was worth every cent!It wasn't until the 1970s that a museum was established. Evidently, with the decline of the mines and the size of Coolgardie, the locals decided that something should be done to save what they could for future...

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  • WARDEN'S COURT BUILDING & INFO CENTRE

    Walking the main street of Coolgardie I saw many grand old buildings that had survived the gold rush. This made me realize just how rich this town once was. No expense was spared in prosperous times when a new Government building was to be built.The two storey Federation Classical Warden's Court building is one of the best and is where the Tourist...

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  • THE GNAMMA HOLE

    I walked to the Gnamma Hole from Warden Finnerty's House. A gnamma is a deep hole in a granite outcrop that acts like a natural water tank. This one has been fenced off for safety reasons and because it's used for the town water.The historical importance of this site is..........It marks the spot where Warden Finnerty declared the town of...

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  • WARDEN FINNERTY'S RESIDENCE

    Our next stop was to see several sights, the first one being Irishman - Warden Finnerty's residence, built in 1895 and now in the hands of the National Trust. John Michael Finnerty was the first resident magistrate of the Coolgardie goldfields. Finnerty's residence is preserved as it was, with a few pieces of the Finnerty's original furniture and...

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  • BAYLEY'S REWARD - LION'S LOOKOUT

    Our first stop in Coolgardie was at the Lion's lookout. Not only is this a lookout over the mining area, it is the very same view Bayley and Ford first saw in 1892 as they rode in from Gnarlbine Soak. From the lookout, I was looking over to where they first struck gold, an area they called Fly Flat, an area which sparked the biggest gold rush in...

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  • Cremorne Hotel

    The Cremorne Hotel was opened in 1898. It was later restored back to its original state in 2006 and has now become an art centre for the community of the Goldfields.

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  • Marvel Bar Hotel

    This ornate old building was once the Marvel Bar Hotel. This hotel was popular for many reasons. It supplied good cheap meals and the owners were also sympathetic to those miners down on their luck and provided a free meal to help them out. It seems no one was turned away. The Marbel Bar remained a hotel until 1927. This piece of marble is all that...

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  • First Post Office

    The old post office was opened for business in 1895. It was designed by George Temple-Pool. The post office is also agent for the Commonwealth Bank in the town.

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  • Old Gaol

    Within the old Gaol you will find the Pharmacy Museum which houses quite a selection of medicines and memorabilia from the 18th and 19th Century. It is apparently the one of the best historical displays of phamaceutical ware in Australia. Open 7.30am to 4.00pm with a small admission fee.There is a tree on Hunt St known as the Gaol Tree. It now has...

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  • Poisons in Pretty Bottles

    Poisons were usually stored in bright coloured bottles which were also more expensive, to prove as a warning. I was really surprised to see a tiny wee perfume bottle that I still have that was given to me as a little girl by an older relative. Mine still contains perfume which I believe was called Evening in Paris.

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  • The Colours of Glass

    The glass was made from sand, soda and lime and the colours came from the iron oxides in the sand which gave the aqua coloured or green look. The clear coloured bottles were not common until about 1880 when the aqua could be iliminated by adding manganese or selenium. The amethyst shades come from the clear bottles with high manganese content after...

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  • Waghorn Bottle Collection

    Within the old courtroom is an impressive bottle display which have been collected from all around Australia. There are bottles of every shape and size and colour. This collection was donated by May and Frank Waghorn. They unwittingly began collecting in 1954 and continued from there. Some of the bottles date back from 300BC.

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  • Goldrush Disputes

    The actual courtroom was always in use between 1878 and 1971 mostly to sort out and settle mining disputes and issues. The old gavel still sits on the judges bench.Yes there is the ghost rumour as well. There have been experiences and stories reported. This old goldrush town is reported to be one of the best known ghost towns not only in Australia...

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  • Mining Warden's Court Building

    The 3 storey court building was built in 1898 and was the largest building, outside of Perth, in Western Australia. It was constructed of pink stone. Today the court building is mostly a museum and within the rooms are various displays which portray the life and experiences during the goldrush era of the 1890’s.

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  • Burials in Coolgardie

    There were some 1108 burials in Coolgardie between 1894 and 1899. Out of the first 32 that were buried, only 15 names were known. A lot died nameless with no one to mourn them and no one took the time away from finding gold to be bothered to find out who they were. There were as many as 7 burials a day and most of the unknowns wer eburied in the...

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  • The Transport Room

    This room shows a brief overview of the changes in transport during the goldrush boom. There is a mock-up of a Smithy where you can see some of the tools which the local blacksmith used. The iron was made red hot and fashioned to the desired requirement on the blacksmiths anvil to shoe horses and donkeys.

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  • Rocks and Gems*b

    There is a room on the second floor which displays mineral rocks which have been collected from all around Western Australia and more inparticularly the Goldfields area.

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  • Hardship

    Initially there was no electricity. Water was in dire need and became more precious than the gold that was being found. The nearest shop could be a weeks walk away. The early pioneer became ingenious at making to with whatever was at hand in the bush.

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  • Life on the Fields

    Life on the fields was hard and desperate at times. Those who were lucky to find gold prospered with good times. Those that didn’t only found hardship with was coupled with sickness and eventual death.

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  • Old Wooden Organ

    This old wooden organ was brought to the goldfields by Cyril Jenkins, a Reverend, and is still in working order. He brought to give to the Methodist church.

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Coolgardie Transportation

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    by keeweechic Written Aug 31, 2007

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    Coolgardie is around 557kms from Perth. The nearest airport is Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Both Qantas and Skywest operate flights there and Goldenlines run buses between Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.

    Greyhound Pioneer buses travel through Coolgardie from Perth. If you want to travel by train then the Westrail Prospector runs from Perth through to Kalgoorlie.

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Coolgardie Local Customs

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    by balhannah Updated Nov 2, 2014

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    When the Coolgardie gold rush occurred in 1894, the Afghan cameleers came to Coolgardie. As it happened, the goldfields could not have continued without the food and water the Afghans transported on their Camel's back. A caravan of 6 Afghans, 47 camels and 11 calves, set out across the desert from Marree to the Colgardie goldfields and settled there.

    The width of Coolgardie's main street would have many a tale to tell. It was made extremely wide for the Bullock and Camel trains to be able to turn around in the street. The bullock teamsters competed against the cameleers for work, sometimes resulting in fights. The cameleers were sometimes criticised for their frugal habits – they saved most of their earnings and spent little in the towns.
    The Coolgardie cemetery is where you will find some Afghan graves.

    Camels are still around Coolgardie only at the Coolgardie Camel Farm where visitors can try their hand at riding camels or do an overnight camel trek.

    The famous Australian Poet, Banjo Patterson wrote a Poem about this - "Shouting for a Camel." Written in 1895, it tells of the three-way battle between gold speculators, wiley Afghan camel drivers, and their camels of course!

    Here is the poem............

    "It was over at Coolgardie that a mining speculator,
    Who was going down the township just to make a bit o' chink,
    Went off to hire a camel from a camel propagator,
    And the Afghan said he'd lend it if he'd stand the beast a drink.
    Yes, the only price he asked him was to stand the beast a drink.
    He was cheap, very cheap, as the dromedaries go.
    So the mining speculator made the bargain, proudly thinking
    He had bested old Mahomet, he had done him in the eye.
    Then he clambered on the camel, and the while the beast was drinking
    He explained with satisfaction to the miners standing by
    That 'twas cheap, very cheap, as the dromedaries go.

    But the camel kept on drinking and he filled his hold with water,
    And the more he had inside him yet the more he seemed to need;
    For he drank it by the gallon, and his girths grew taut and tauter,
    And the miners muttered softly, "Yes he's very dry indeed!
    But he's cheap, very cheap, as dromedaries go."

    So he drank up twenty buckets -- it was weird to watch him suck it,
    (And the market price for water was per bucket half-a-crown)
    Till the speculator stopped him, saying, "Not another bucket --
    If I give him any more there'll be a famine in the town.
    Take him back to old Mahomet, and I'll tramp it through the town."
    He was cheap, very cheap, as the speculators go.

    There's a moral to this story -- in your hat you ought to paste it --
    Be careful whom you shout for when a camel is about,
    And there's plenty human camels who, before they'll see you waste it,
    Will drink up all you pay for if you're fool enough to shout;
    If you chance to strike a camel when you're fool enough to shout,
    You'll be cheap, very cheap, as the speculators go."

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Coolgardie Warnings and Dangers

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    by DennyP Updated Dec 8, 2011

    WATER Whenever you are out and about in outback Australia..ALWAYS make sure that you are carrying sufficient bottled fresh water..The temperatures out here can be extreme and exposure to the heat can cause rapid fluid loss. In most cases in the bush there is no water !!! Make sure that you are always replacing your lost fluid. The heat can "creep up" on you quickly if you are out in the hot sun with little shade. Also..Always wear a wide brimmed hat and a good pair of sunglasses.

    ALWAYS CARRY SUFFICIENT FRESH BOTTLED WATER ALWAYS WEAR A STRONG SUNSCREEN IN THE SUN THE SUN GOING DOWN ON A REALLY HOT DAY.. GETS REALLY HOT OUT HERE. ITS A LONG WAY TO THE SHOP IF YA WANNA ROCK N'ROLL
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