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    The Registra's Office

    by keeweechic Written Jul 19, 2007

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    After 1894 Mining Registrars offices were set up in the goldfields. These were manned by a Mining Warden, a Mining Registrar and sometimes a clerk or assistant. They were there to enforce the mining laws and regulations as well as register and record claims and licenses. Today there are 12 Mining Registrar’s offices around regional Western Australia. If you want to prospect on Crown Land, you just need to obtain a Miner’s Right. You can then collect samples up to 20kg as well as look for gemstones and rocks.

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    Go Underground

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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    One of the attractions at the Hannans North Mine is that you can take a tour underground and experience a small glimpse of the working life of a miner. Of course working were a lot more cramped than what you mostly see which has been widened for visitors to be a little more comfortable. Tours last about an hour and are at : 10.00am, 12.00pm and 2.30pm. Children under 3 are not allowed.

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    The Cage

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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    Hard hats are provided for everyone doing the underground tour. First you have to survive being cramped in a tiny cage with about 5 others, which transports you 36 metres underground. This was probably the worst part of the experience for me. A little claustrophobia set in.

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    The Life of the Miner

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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    The main shaft of a mine has a total depth of 395 metres but visitors can only experience the first 36 metres. Your guide will explain life for the miner as well as the mining methods used. You will see the machinery that circulated fresh air down to the miners and even hear for a brief moment how very loud it was. It was nicknamed the screamer.

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    Returning to the Surface

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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    When it is time to leave return to the surface, there are two choices. You can either come back up in groups via the cage or you can elect to take a very steep spiral staircase, which they said would take around 7 minutes.

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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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    Interesting Place

    by littlebush Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Just walking around Kal is an experience. It feels like the place hasnt changed in 150 years!!!!! The saloon bars are like something out of a western, full of rednecks, with long hair , tatoos, waitress's(or skimpies as theyre known) in bra's and undies! You get a fair bit of trouble at night as everyone gets so hammered!

    Hamans tourist mine, is an old mine where you can watch a gold bullion being made. You can also go 120ft underground to the mines. you also get the chance to pan for gold! all good fun! Its just a short cab ride out of town.

    Mount Charlotte lookout, on the way back to town from the tourist mine is a lookout of the town and surrounding area.

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    Hannans Tourist Mine

    by scrooge1947 Written Jun 10, 2003

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    Here you get to go down a small elevator to aprox. 36m underground to experiance minning first hand, in the background is a type of generator for keeping the air clean. (photo may be clearer enlarged)

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    Gold Pour at Hannans North tourist mine

    by scrooge1947 Written Jun 10, 2003

    Its like an amusement park in some ways , with shows at different times , this was how gold was melted and poured into bars, with lots of information given with weighing and all aspects of the metals found., to the final meltdown.

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    The Exchange Hotel

    by keeweechic Written Jul 12, 2007

    The Exchange Hotel is the biggest hotel in Kalgoorlie. The hotel was built in the early 1890’s and was well known by the miners for its good cooking. In 1897 a fire broke out but fortunately a water tower had been built next door and the fire was quickly put out. Over the years a lot of expanding and refurbishment has gone one including another storey being added in 1900. One of the biggest achievements is that it has had the biggest sale of Jim Beam in regional Western Australia.

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    Kalgoorlie Miner Building

    by keeweechic Written Jul 12, 2007

    This building was constructed in 1900 so that the newspaper could expand. At the time this building was the first 3 storey building in Kalgoorlie. The Kalgoorlie Miner was the local newspaper. It was owned and run by the Hocking Brothers who in 1895 first bought Kalgoorlie’s ‘Western Argus’. The Hocking family first started off with newspapers in Adelaide and the in Coolgardie. The Kalgoorlie Miner was published daily and consisted of about 4 pages and was the most successful publication over 11 others in the town. In 1970 the Hocking family sold the newspaper to West Australian Newspapers but the publication still continues to be published, just now from Perth although the headquarters are still in the original premises.

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    Hammond Park

    by bijo69 Written Jul 7, 2006

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    Hammond Park is a beautiful park which ponds, a miniature castle and aviaries. It's a popular spot for picnics & barbecues.
    In summer there's an open-air cinema here.

    The park is open from 9am-5pm.

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    The Old West Australian Bank

    by keeweechic Written Aug 6, 2007

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    Out the back of the museum is a small WA bank. Inside is fairly stark. There is an old safe and a tellers desk and window.

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    Mining Hall of Fame

    by robertgaz Written Sep 8, 2005

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    Try your hand at gold panning, see how gold is made into bars or take an underground tour of a gold mine.

    Panning for gold Pouring old Gold bullion Underground tour
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    Boulder

    by scrooge1947 Written May 9, 2003

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    Another interesting building, this one a hotel, I just tried to imagine all this in the gold rush days.

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