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Cartoon showing John Forrest and C Y O'Connor, 1897

While Forrest and O’Connor were regularly lampooned in cartoons, this one has particular poignancy given O’Connor’s untimely death.


Mount Charlotte Demonstration Day, 1903

The opening of the water supply scheme to Kalgoorlie, almost ten years after the discovery of gold there, was a cause for much celebration


'Au fait accompli', 1903

As Western Australia Premier, John Forrest, gained parliamentary approval for the goldfields pipeline so he officiated at the Kalgoorlie opening.


Cover of Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme commemoration album, c1903

Features the London engineering works of the company that supplied pumps for the WA goldfields water supply scheme, emphasising that all machinery had to be imported.