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    Paddy Hannan's Miner's Right, 1893

This Miner's Right, required by law in WA, is significant because it belonged to Paddy Hannan, associated with the Kalgoorlie gold discoveries.

  The rush to Coolgardie, 1894

Various ways of travelling and transporting personal belongings to the Coolgardie goldfields.

  Plan showing country north of Coolgardie, 1894

An early map of the goldfields area showing the location of gold-mining centres and roads west, north and east of Coolgardie.


Hannan's from Mt Charlotte, 1894

This view across a flat, arid and treeless plain shows the small township that grew from ‘Hannan’s Camp’, the beginnings of today’s City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

  Dryblowing in Coolgardie, c1894

A ‘dryblower’ invented to mechanise the process of separating gold from worthless dirt without using scarce water.

    Gold escort leaving Coolgardie, c1895

Getting gold from WA’s remote interior to the capital of Perth was a long and arduous journey with the possibility of being hijacked.


Dryblowing with dishes, c1896

A miner using a technique to find gold made necessary due to the lack of water on WA’s eastern goldfields.

  Paddy Hannan, 'Kalgoorlie's Pioneer', 1899

This framed illumination indicates the degree of recognition accorded Paddy Hannan following the discovery of gold at what became Kalgoorlie.