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    Model of Super Pit in 2017

    by Kathrin_E Written May 2, 2008

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    Model of Super Pit in 2017

    The model shows what the Super Pit will look like in 2017 when the Golden Mile is expected to be exploited. The mine will then reach a depth of more than 500 m.
    The model is on display in the Super Pit Shop, which sells Super Pit souvenirs.

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    The secret life of skimpies!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Apr 11, 2012

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    Skimpy of the Week (courtesy of Kalgoorlie Miner)

    A much heralded feature of Kal's pub scene are its 'skimpy' barmaids. For those of you who have not yet been exposed to Australia's unique take on staff uniforms in pubs, a 'skimpy' is a young lady who (wo)mans the bar in nothing but her underwear. This is a wildly popular practice in the remote rural towns of inland Western Australia, and is particularly a feature of mining towns with heavily skewed gender ratios such as Kalgoorlie where blokes hugely outnumber sheilas.

    Kal is stinking hot in summer, so I can begin to understand that over this period, the minimalist 'uniform' is probably quite welcome. However, Kal has a desert climate, and as the mercury can drop well below zero at night during the winter, this is one hardy breed of service provider!

    Kal is a small town with a lot of pubs, and so keeping them in skimpies must be quite a challenge. I was amused to find out that - in common with a lot of the mineworkers - a number of the skimpies operate on a 'fly in, fly out' roster from Perth!

    For a unique insight into the secret life of skimpies, have a look at the pithily written article below.

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    The Laslett Building

    by keeweechic Written Aug 15, 2007

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    The Laslett building was constructed during the 1890’s. The style is quite unique with its Art Nouveau motifs, islamic styled curved windows and tiles. The owner constructed the buildings from a fortune he made from land dealings.

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    The Old Duke of Cornwall Hotel

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 15, 2007

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    This old hotel was built in 1900 in a mix of Federation and Anglo Dutch style. The hotel was run by Paddy Whelan who was a well known storyteller, poet and politician. The hotel also was know for a world record drinking record being set there in 1953 when ‘Shorty’ Western managed to thrown down 12 pots of beer while the clock at the Post office struck 12.

    The hotel is now Sylvester’s Nightclub.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Lakewood Woodline Police Office

    by keeweechic Written Aug 8, 2007

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    This tiny wooden bilding is mounted on a railway flatcar so that it oculd be easily transported when the settlements moved. During the 1970’s it was used as a garden shed behind the Boulder Police Station until it was gived and relocated in 1992. The Police Office sits behind the WA Museum’s main building.

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    Timber Office

    by keeweechic Written Aug 8, 2007

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    This was the office of the Golden Mile and Murchison Timber co and used tgo sit at the rail siding at Golden Gate. It was relocated around 1955. The office now sits as part of the outer area of the WA Museum.

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    Union Banners

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 8, 2007

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    As you transfer from the new building of the WA Museum into the historic British Arms, one of the first rooms you find yourself in displays some great examples of historic union tapestries and banners.

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    The Old Glen Devon Hotel

    by keeweechic Written Aug 15, 2007

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    This old hotel sits vacant now behind the WA Museum. It was built in early 1900’s and was a key hotel in Kalgoorlie. In the 1920’s the hotel was turned into a boarding house until a fire destroyed most of the building in the 1980’s. It was sold and the new owner attempted to restore it with the idea of turning the old hotel into a residence. The project was never finished and just sits deteriorating.

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    Kalgoorlie-Boulder Visitor Centre

    by keeweechic Written Aug 15, 2007

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    There are two Visitors Centres. One in Kalgoorlie and the other one is in nearby Boulder. The one in Kalgoorlie is on Hannan Street and is open from 8.30am to 5.00pm Mon – Fri and from 9.00am to 5.00pm on the weekends. They offer a very good map and guide to all things of interest in both places. The Boulder office is found on Burt Street. Be sure to ask when the Super Pit are having their blasting.

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    Miners Camp

    by keeweechic Written Aug 15, 2007

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    Outside the museum is a set uup of a prospectors’ camp. On display is the accommodation which was used in the way of a canvas tent and hut of corrugated iron. Other implements such as tools and dryblowers which were often used in the Eastern Goldfields by the early prospectors.

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    St Mary's Church

    by keeweechic Written Aug 15, 2007

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    Built in 1902 and is listed as a heritage site. It was designed in a Federation Gothic style in a cruciform layout and built from Coolgardie brick. Inside the church has timber floorboards and pews and is highly decorated.

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