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    The Miners Wife

    by keeweechic Written Aug 8, 2007

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    The stay at home miners wife didn’t have it easy. She would be up early making her husband breakfast and his lunch. Then she turned her attention to getting older children off to school. There was no running hot water or electrical appliances which made cleaning and washing/wringing quite a chore. The making of the families clothes were all done by hand and old clothes were recycled and cuat up for younger children or rag rugs. Some basic items were delivered by cart from the butcher, milkman, green grocer and ice man but there were no freezers to keep food for any length of time.

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    Miners Cottage

    by keeweechic Written Aug 8, 2007

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    This was a typical miners cottage and show how he and probably his family would have lived during the goldrush times. Their routines were built around the working times at the mine which were made up of three 8 hour shifts. The miners would either catch a train or walk to the mines and would take with them his lunch and billy of tea. Once he arrived he would change into his mine clothes, grabe his cap and lamp and descend into the mine. When the miner wasn’t working he would socialise with friends at the pub or be found doing odd jobs outside the home.

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    Woodline Post Office

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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    The Woodline Post Office is one of the outdoor displays at the WA museum. Woodlines were the railway lines that were used for tapping the timber reserves. They provided timber for the mines and firewood for power in the Goldfields.

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    Time Recorder

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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    This amazing clock during the early 1900’s was originally housed in Montgomery Bros Store which has now become Monty’s Restaurant. Neither keys nor a card were needed to keep the correct time, instead a worker would just turn the lever to his number, press it and the record was made. There were two coloured ribbons, one for ordinary time which was shown in blue and overtime and late was shown in red.

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    Glass Plate Camera and Stand

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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    This amazing camera belonged to a Goldfields photographer, J.J. Dywer. Many of the photos you see in the museum were taken by Dwyer including a large display on the mezzanine floor. Dwyer had his studio in the Park buildings on Kalgoorlie’s Hannan Street.

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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

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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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

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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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

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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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

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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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

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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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

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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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

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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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

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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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

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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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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