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The name ‘Kalgoorlie’ is derived from the Wangai word ‘Karlkurla’, or ‘Kulgooluh’, meaning ‘place of the silky pears’.

A Rich Gold Rush History

KALGOORLIE-BOULDER 596km east of Perth

In 1893, prospectors Patrick (Paddy) Hannan, Tom Flanagan, and Dan Shea, were travelling through the region, when one of their horses cast a shoe. During the unexpected interruption to their journey, the men noticed signs of gold located on a hill north of what is now the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. In the hope of discovering gold, they decided to stay and investigate. On 17 June 1893, Hannan filed a Reward Claim, leading to hundreds of men swarming to the area in

L ocated in the Eastern Goldfields regional centre with a population of 30,000. Its rich history and culture provide an experience like no other. There is something for everyone including a variety of activities and attractions, captivating scenery and enthralling culture. Kalgoorlie-Boulder promises a unique adventure to all those who visit. region of Western Australia, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a vibrant

Paddy Hannan

search of gold; and Kalgoorlie, originally called Hannan’s Find , was born. However, it was the major gold discoveries of William Brookman and Sam Pearce, who would go on to make up the richest square mile on earth known as “The Golden Mile,” that secured the region’s future. In 1896 the town site was laid out and gazetted. The first town blocks sold quickly, then a second sale a few months later saw blocks sold for twice as much! Building then began in earnest. Elaborate business facades and public buildings lined Burt Street. Grand brick homes were built for doctors and public officials. In 1908 the Boulder Town Hall was opened. In 1989, the Town of Kalgoorlie and Shire of Boulder formally amalgamated to create the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Explore the rich history of the Goldfields and the city’s mining heritage. FREE ENTRY Open daily | 10am – 3pm 17 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie

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