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    Cobb & Co Coach

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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    This particular coach is found on the ground floor in the entrance gallery and is thought to be the only one that has survived form the WA Goldfields. The coaches were bought from the company, who did not operate in Western Australia by local operators like J.K Cohn who began his opeation in 1892 and ran a service from Coolgardie to Wiluna. This particular coach ran from Mt Magnet to Sandstone and was last used probably in 1910.

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    Ivanhoe Head Frame

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    At the entrance of the WA Museum is a huge red Ivanhoe Head Frame which you can take a glass lift up to a viewing platform and get a really good view over Kalgoorlie and over to Boulder and Mt Charlotte.

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    WA Museum

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    The WA Museum is at the end of Hannans Road and is open every day from 10.00am to 4.30pm. They have both old and modern displays depicting the early days of the township with its growth during the prosperous times. There are many examples of the gold rush times in the Eastern Goldfields. Entrance is via gold coin donation

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    Old WA Bank

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    The West Australian Bank was the first bank in Hannan Street and was opened in 1894. The building was made up of bricks, granite and white stone. The interior is grandly decorated, representing the prosperity of the Gold rush era.

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    Brennan Bros Building

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    Right next to the Rivers Clearance Store (which is always worth a visit) is the Brennan Bros building. Another historic building of Kalgoorlie which was opened in 1898. The brothers were importers and had stores in Kalgoorlie, Gwalia, Southern Cross, Boulder and also in Perth. They were well known drapers in these towns.

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    Kalgoorlie Post Office

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    The post office in Kalgoorlie was built over three years between 1896 and 1899 when the wing was completed. Total cost 22,000 pounds. Soon after electric light was installed. Within the building was the Wardens Court, Mines Dept and the Justice Courts. The appearance is of a pink stone.

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    The Post Office Clock Tower

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    The clock tower rises 100ft and is a definite landmark in Kalgoorlie today as it was 100 years ago. Within the tower is also 8 water tanks which were used for fighting fires. At first the clock was not in the tower when it was built but was promised and finally made it 1900. Ther are many ladders/stairs to climb to get to the top of the tower Over time the mechanisms of the clock deteriorated but fortunately the Rotary Club managed to restore the clock to working order.

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    The Endowment Block

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    This is an area on Hannan Street which originally had squatters operating small shops in it. The local council wasn’t impressed by efforts to get rid of them failed. Had they succeeded, the landed would have been given as an endowment to the Municipality. Thus the name Endowment Block. Eventually the squatters were bought out by the council who still the own the land and shops today.

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    Kalgoorlie Markets

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    The official opening of the markets took place in 1901 and was built to service the needs of the local Kalgoorlie people and for many years remained a bustling place for local butchers, greengrocers, fruiterers and other merchants.

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    Adapted to the Australian Climate

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    There are three pavilions which are separated by a style of traditional Chinese garden but which were also designed for Australian conditions. Two stone lions guard the entrance to the first pavilion and materials that went into constructing the pavilions were brought out from Beijing and all work was done by hand by Chinese skilled craftsmen and women brought out especially for the project.

    The other garden is the Eremophila Garden which has some 350 species which survive well in arid and semi-arid conditions. The common name for this species of plant is ‘emu bush’.

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    The Chinese Garden Concept

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    The design of the Chinese Garden is to reflect peace and balance through the use of plants, water and natural stone in the form of two ponds and a waterfall. The water is represents the life blood of the earth while the stone is the strong body of the earth. The plants signify the growth and vitality and the nurturing of nature.

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    Garden of Rememberance

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    The new Garden of Remembrance is one of two gardens which have been created and is found behind the Hall of Fame. It was built to be symbolic of the many cultures who came to Kalgoorlie to find employment. Many worked in the mines, others in metal processing, while some were just prospecting. They brought with them many different skills and ideas.

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    In Search of Gold

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    Paddy was born in Gorteen County Clare in Island. He emigrated to Australia during his early twenties and first went to the Ballarat goldfields where he had an uncle. He moved from goldfield to goldfield and even tried his hand for 6 years in New Zealand before moving to Western Australia in 1889. On arriving in Southern Cross he heard of the gold rush to Coolgardie and so moved there with his friend Flannagan to prospect there. When gold was found at Mt Youle, they set off to try their luck there and in 1893 Paddy, Flannagan and another friend Dan Shea found gold in what is now Kalgoorlie. He continued to prospect until his retirement at 69. Paddy Hannan died in 1925 on November 4th.

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    Paddy Hannan

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    There is a small building which brings to life Paddy Hannan where he tells his story of coming to the area in search of gold. The face of Paddy is projected and you actually get the facial expressions as he talks.

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    The Rocker Shovel

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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    This type of shovel was known also as a mechanical bogger. It is a compressed air powered machine and was introduced to the Eastern Goldfields towards the end of the 1920’s. Mounted on rails, it could be progressively slid forward after broken rock was removed in front of it and when the shovel was full, it was transferred straight back over the top of the bogger and into an ore truck.

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