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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of Archibald Sanderson equipped for his trip to Coolgardie, Western Australia, in 1895. It is a studio portrait, with Sanderson dressed in a shirt, bow tie, waistcoat and jacket. He is also wearing what appears to be a pith helmet with an attached net. He has a waterbag on the crossbar of his bike, a puncture repair kit on the back and a package, possibly a swag roll, on the front. The photograph measures 8 cm x 10 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of Arthur George Shelley, a grazier from Kerang in Victoria. The photograph was taken in 1894-95 at the '25 Mile Camp', 25 miles (40 km) from Coolgardie, Western Australia. Shelley's possessions are scattered around his tent under a gum tree. In the foreground of the picture is his bicycle. In the middle ground is a water tank and his tent. In the background is his horse-drawn cart and two horses for carrying his possessions. An axe and long-handled shovel are leaning against the tree and a billy is on the ground. A waterbag hangs from a branch and a panning dish and bucket are on a table behind the water tank.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph showing Sir John and Lady Forrest in the centre of a large crowd at the official turning on of the water at Mount Charlotte, Kalgoorlie on 24 January 1903. Some of the onlookers have broken through the restraining barricade around the reservoir and are sitting on or beside the concrete reservoir wall. The photograph measures 37 cm x 29 cm.
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  • This is a sepia photograph, measuring 15 cm x 20 cm, showing nine men at a condenser near Black Flag gold mine and townsite about 30 km north-west of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, around 1895. At least some of the men are members of a prospecting team and they have three camels to carry their gear and themselves. One of the camels has water containers strapped to it. The foreground is bare sand and scrubby bushes can be seen in the surrounding country. Written on the picture are the words 'SMITH and WATSON'S
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph showing No 1 Pumping Station, then nearing completion as part of the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme, against the backdrop of the reservoir wall of the Mundaring Weir in Western Australia. On the bottom right of the photograph, three outlet pipes, each from one of the three pumping engines inside, can be seen emerging from the wall of the engine house. The caption below the photograph (not visible) reads 'Back of Weir showing No 1 Pumping Station'. The photograph measures 11 cm x 15 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph that shows a section of the wall of the storage dam built for Western Australia's Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme while it was under construction. The photograph, taken in 1902 from the southern side of the dam, looking across the length of the wall, shows the methods used in building the concrete wall. The photograph indicates the large number of workers, the buildings and the equipment needed to build the dam. It measures 15 cm x 11 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph, measuring 13.5 cm x 8.5 cm, that shows a woman, some small children and a group of men queuing to buy water from a store at the Dunnville gold prospecting camp, approximately 600 km from Perth, on the eastern gold fields of Western Australia. The ground around the store has been well trodden by many queues. The store itself is a typical canvas or hessian-clad building. Around the store are low, rocky hills and sandy flats covered with low scrub and scattered small trees.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph, measuring 13.5 cm x 8.5 cm, that shows a woman, some small children and a group of men queuing to buy water from a store at the Dunnville gold prospecting camp, approximately 600 km from Perth, on the eastern gold fields of Western Australia. The ground around the store has been well trodden by many queues. The store itself is a typical canvas or hessian-clad building. Around the store are low, rocky hills and sandy flats covered with low scrub and scattered small trees.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of Charles Yelverton O'Connor, originally taken in 1897 as a glass lantern slide by J A Clarke. It measures 17 cm x 22 cm. The photograph was taken in a studio and shows O'Connor in a posed position wearing his everyday working clothes and one of the hats that he commonly wore. He wears a black frock or morning coat (with tails), high necked shirt and tie, with a black vest (waistcoat) and light-coloured trousers. A fob watch chain is tied through a waistcoat buttonhole and leads into the waistcoat pocket where the watch sits.
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  • C Y O'Connor's suicide note, 1902 Transcript The position has become impossible. Anxious important work to do and three commissions of inquiry to attend to. We may not have done as well as possible...
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  • This is a note written by Charles Yelverton O'Connor, Engineer-in-Chief of Western Australia with overall responsibility for the Coolgardie Water Scheme. It was presented as evidence at the inquest into his death in 1902. The note is handwritten and contains some deletions and a postscript.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph showing a camel drinking from a gnamma, or water hole, in the eastern gold fields of Western Australia at the time of the gold rush in 1909. The camel is bridled and saddled and is carrying items such as water bags and a swag needed by the prospector for his journey. The camel is kneeling on his forelegs to reach the water in the hole, which is completely concealed below the surface of the rock.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph showing ten camels in harness pulling a wagonload of pipes destined for the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme along a well-travelled route in the eastern gold fields. Two lengths of 8.5-m pipe are joined with a collar and in total the camels are pulling 12 pipes on the load. The photograph measures 6.2 cm x 3.6 cm
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  • Cartoon showing John Forrest and C Y O'Connor, 1897 Transcript of text JOHNNIE'S LITTLE TOY Johnnie wanted something to play with, Something to hang on the wall, Something that he might be proud of,...
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  • This is a cartoon in the 'Western Table Talk', published in October 1897, showing Western Australian Premier John Forrest flying as an angel above a pipeline crossing the landscape of WA. The pipeline, which is supposed to be carrying large volumes of water, is dribbling drops into the bucket of four workers, some of whom are drawn wearing Asian clothing. In the background are buildings and the chimneys of a steam pumping station to power the flow of water. John Forrest carries a note made out for £2 million. He is saying 'And the desert shall blossom as the rose'. In the bottom corner the skeletal ghost of Chief Engineer C Y O'Connor is pumping water into the pipeline.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of a scene set up and photographed in 1895 to send to friends and family for Christmas. Six gold prospectors are positioned around a tent at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. They have written 'A MERRY CHRISTMAS Kalgoorlie 1895' on a container - possibly their water storage tank. In the foreground some items (a crossed pick and shovel, teapot and beer bottle) have been arranged and 'A Merry Xmas' has been written on a frying pan. In the background there are other tents positioned among the trees to get as much shade as possible.
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  • This is a black-and-white portrait photograph of a young girl named Clara Saunders. It was taken about 1894 at the Exchange Hotel in Coolgardie, where she was working.. She rests her arm on a book placed on a table in front of a photographic studio backdrop. She is dressed in a formal gown with lace on the yoke and sleeves. She has her hair up in a roll and is wearing several items of jewellery, including a miniature portrait on a chain, a pearl choker and a brooch at her throat. The photograph measures 14 cm x 20 cm.
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  • This is a photographic print, measuring 17 cm x 12 cm, showing seven men and a woman (wearing a bonnet and carrying a waterbag) at a condensing plant set up alongside a well. The pipes, boiler and storage tank of the condenser are all clearly visible. One of the men is engaged in extracting water from the well and a second is working on the ash pile. A horse is harnessed to a dray loaded with timber and there is another loaded dray and two further stacks of timber at one side. The photograph was taken in about 1900.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of a pumping station being built along the route of a pipeline to supply water to arid gold fields in Western Australia. Some men are laying the bricks that were to form the outer wall of the pumping station and, in the skeleton of a boiler room, two boilers that will generate the steam to drive the pumping engines are under construction. In the background are piles of stone and rubble to be re-used for further construction. The photograph measures 21 cm x 16 cm.
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  • This is the cover of an album commemorating the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme. The Scheme was opened in 1903 to pipe water to Western Australia's arid gold fields. The photograph on the album cover shows the engineering works in London that supplied some of the pumping equipment for the Scheme. The cover carries the text 'James Simpson and Company Ltd. / Engineers. / Contractors for Pumping Machinery / Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme. / View of Engine Works / Grosvenor Road / London S.W. / GLANVILLE AND FORBES / Attorneys in W.A.'. The album measures 15 cm x 11 cm.
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  • This is a technical drawing of two views of a Babcock and Wilcox boiler of the type used in Western Australia's Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme. The side view on the left shows a water-tube boiler with a superheater, while the drawing on the right shows a cross-section of the boiler, indicating the level of the water within. The drawing is labelled and the path of the hot gases that heat the water to generate steam is indicated. The drawing measures 26 cm x 18 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Roy Millar on the Coolgardie gold fields of Western Australia. It shows a prospector using a dryblowing machine to separate gold from the earth. The dryblowing machine is surrounded by evidence of digging and various prospectors' tools including a shovel, pans, sieves and an axe. A drystone wall structure is front left and in the cleared area in the background is a hut with a fenced-off yard. The photograph is captioned: ‘Roy Millar, Photo Dryblowing in Coolgardie WA’. It measures 25.3 cm x 18.3 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white print of a miner refining gold-bearing ore using a dryblowing technique that takes advantage of gravity and the high density of gold. It shows a dish of crushed ore being tipped and the rock and sand being poured off carefully into a lower dish. The picture was taken in the diggings and the miner's shaft can be seen behind him, among many piles of spoil. A tent camp is visible in the background. A box with raised lid on legs behind the miner is a dryblowing tray, which was operated on similar principles. The photograph measures 15 cm x 21 cm. The title, number and photographer of the picture are handwritten on the bottom left in the caption: 'Dryblowing With Dishes 172 Dwyer Photo, Kalgoorlie'.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph taken about 1898 that shows an early stage in the construction of the wall of the dam built to store water for the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme, which supplies Western Australia's eastern gold fields. A temporary dam to store water for construction purposes can be seen in the background. The steep granite slopes of the river valley chosen for the dam site are evident in the left foreground. People are standing on the temporary platform on the right, and buildings can be seen on the left and in the centre. The photograph measures 15 cm x 20 cm.
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  • This is a posed black-and-white photograph showing three men, watched by two others, moving an electric caulking machine into place above a pipe joint for the Coolgardie Water Supply pipeline in Western Australia around 1902. The machine is mounted on a trolley that rolled on four wheels along the top of the pipe, from one joint to the next. The words 'Premier No Leak' have been painted on the machine's cable drum. The photograph measures 20 cm x 16 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Archibald Sanderson in 1895 on the eastern gold fields of Western Australia. The photograph shows two women and a child, dressed in colonial clothing, outside a tent dwelling. A man is shown sitting inside the tent flap. The tent is surrounded by a brushwood fence, and is sheltered by an additional flysheet that forms an awning. The ground within the fence is completely bare. Native eucalypts can be seen in the background. The photograph measures 8 cm x 10 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph that was taken on 31 March 1902 inside No 1 Pumping Station at Mundaring Weir, Western Australia, to mark the first day that water was pumped for the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme. A large crowd of well-dressed visitors is there to witness the event. On that date only the first of the Station's three pumping engines had been installed. In the foreground can be seen the completed foundations for one of the other two engines, partly covered with scaffolding. The photograph measures 15 cm x 11 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph, measuring 13 cm x 20 cm, taken at Hines Hill Railway Station, about 20 km west of Merredin in Western Australia. It shows a steam-driven train from Perth, on its way to the eastern gold fields in 1896, and the driver, guard and several passengers. The engine has a fender on the front to clear the line. The siding can be seen to the left, with a wagon parked on it. The station building and platform are behind the coaches.
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  • This is the entrance to a steel flume built to take rainwater, running off a granite outcrop, to a dam. A low perimeter wall has trapped run-off from the rock. A sluice gate in the centre of the photograph is lowered, blocking the channel. The colour slide was taken in 2002 at Karalee, approximately 50 km east of Southern Cross.
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  • This is a sepia photograph, thought to show George Dainty and his dog, standing in front of his shop in Coolgardie on the Western Australian gold fields in 1896. The sign shows that the shop sells bread, groceries and water. The tank to the right of the building is a water tank, and the jug sitting on top of it is for scooping the water out. The shop is built from wooden poles, probably of local timber cleared from the area, with canvas walls and a tin and canvas roof. The front building has a flysheet over the roof to give extra protection from rain and sun. The photograph measures 7 cm x 10 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white sketch by S Göczel that appeared in the first annual report of the Western Australian Department of Mines in 1894. The sketch is in two parts. The top half shows a natural landscape with trees in the background and three Indigenous people approaching a large rock, in the centre of which is a depression containing water. The bottom half shows a cross-section of the depression, revealing it to be a deep hole capable of holding water.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of a gold escort in the main street of Coolgardie in about 1895. A four-wheeled horse-drawn buggy in the foreground carries luggage, presumably including boxes containing gold in the back. Two troopers, one on horseback and one seated beside the driver, form an escort, carrying firearms to protect the gold from thieves. An obscured rider may also be part of the escort. In the background can be seen several businesses, including a bank, and a small crowd of onlookers watching the departure. The street is wide and unpaved. The photograph measures 20.3 cm x 14.7cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of a gold escort in the main street of Coolgardie in about 1895. A four-wheeled horse-drawn buggy in the foreground carries luggage, presumably including boxes containing gold in the back. Two troopers, one on horseback and one seated beside the driver, form an escort, carrying firearms to protect the gold from thieves. An obscured rider may also be part of the escort. In the background can be seen several businesses, including a bank, and a small crowd of onlookers watching the departure. The street is wide and unpaved. The photograph measures 20.3 cm x 14.7cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of a group of 24 people outside a group of tents that constituted the wards of Government Hospital in Coolgardie in about February or March 1895. The group includes seven nurses in uniform, a number of men in suits and two men in aprons. The tents are large, with wooden walls and frames, and stand on bare earth. The photograph measures 16.5 cm x 19.0 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in Coolgardie in about 1897, of the interior of a hospital tent ward showing its wooden walls and roof supports. The tent is large, with a row of metal beds on each side and several deck chairs. Patients are lying in some of the beds and four uniformed nurses are on duty. The photograph measures 52.0 cm x 35.5 cm.
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  • This is a sepia photograph, measuring 21 cm x 14 cm, that shows a gang of men who are digging a government well in sand plain country east of Southern Cross, en route to the eastern gold fields soon after the Western Australian gold rush began. To the right of centre a timber frame marks the drill hole bored to locate the underground reservoir or stream of water. The inscription handwritten on the photograph reads 'GOVT WELL SAND PLAINS'.
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  • This is a low wall made from slabs of granite at the base of a huge granite outcrop at Kellerberrin Hill, approximately 150 km along the route of the Golden Pipeline, 200 km east of Perth in Western Australia. It is designed to catch rain running off the rock. A second wall parallel to the first has created a channel or drain. The photograph was taken in 2002.
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  • This is a digital colour photograph of a grave in the Coolgardie cemetery in Western Australia taken in 2002. The inscription in English on the gravestone reads 'Sacred to the memory of Tagh Mahomed who died by the hand of an assassin at Coolgardie January 10th 1896. Aged 37 years. His end was peace'. Mahomed was a Muslim living at the time of the gold rush. There is also an inscription in Arabic.
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  • This is a black-and-white print of Kalgoorlie taken from Mt Charlotte in 1894. The small township, at that time called Hannan's, appears in the background on a flat, arid and treeless plain. The dwellings are mostly constructed of canvas, though some are made from local timber. In the foreground is a collection of small buildings surrounding a mine head. An inscription reads 'Hannan's from Mt Charlotte 1894'. The image measures 14 cm x 19 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of the dried-up corpse of a horse. The original was taken by Archibald Sanderson during his bicycle ride to Coolgardie, Western Australia, in 1895 and is captioned 'No Water' (written under the photograph in Sanderson’s album and not seen here). The land in the foreground has been cleared while native bush is seen behind. A telegraph pole can also be seen in the background. The photograph measures 8 cm x 10 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph, measuring 12.7 cm x 10.2 cm, of the badly decomposed, skeletal remains of a man lying under a low tree in light scrub-covered land, typical of that of the eastern gold fields. His heavy work trousers still cover his legs. His boots lie near his feet. On the ground on the right of the skeleton is a clay tobacco pipe and what could be a container to hold matches and, on the left, an empty canvas waterbag.
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  • This is a sepia photograph, measuring 16 cm x 21 cm, showing a small privately built and operated condenser owned by Innes and Mills at Coolgardie, Western Australia in the late 1890s. The furnace and boiler are in the centre of the picture. Firewood is stacked loosely in the foreground. A man in the centre is holding a steel rod used for stoking the furnace fire. Water is being poured from an open bucket directly into one customer's water bag. The stance of the men suggests that the photograph may have been posed. The inscription reads 'INNES and MILLS CONDENSER COOLGARDIE'.
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  • This is a posed black-and-white photograph showing the laying and jointing of a section of the Coolgardie Water Supply pipeline to Western Australia's eastern gold fields. It shows a number of people working in terrain typical of the forest country in the Darling Ranges and indicates the extensive timber clearing that was undertaken. Many lengths of pipe are laid out into the distance alongside the excavated trench. In the middle distance a team of workers is lowering a length of pipe into the trench using a pair of A-frame hoists. Several lengths of pipe are in place, complete with their joint rings, in the middle foreground. Closer to the foreground a caulking (joint-sealing) machine is set up above a pipe joint. The photograph measures 11 cm x 15 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of a group of five men gathered in and around the trench of part of the Coolgardie Water Supply pipeline. The men are posed around a joint between two lengths of pipe. On the pipe is a machine for melting the lead used for caulking (sealing) a joint. The men are formally dressed in hats, coats and even waistcoats, although conditions appear both hot and dirty. The photograph measures 21 cm x 16 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph showing a leak in a section of wooden pipe in the pipeline supplying water to Western Australia's eastern gold fields. The photograph measures 5.4 cm x 5.3 cm.
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  • This is a diagram of the type of pipe used to deliver water to Western Australia's arid eastern gold fields. It consists of sketches that illustrate the design of the joint connecting two half-cylinders of steel to make a cylindrical pipe and the joint ring, or thimble, used to join pipe lengths. The text reads 'Mephan-Ferguson's Patent Rivetless or Locking Bar Steel Pipe; Plate Joints, Before Closing, After Closing; Shewing two pipes jointed together; Thimble; Cross Section of Lead Thimble.’ The black-and-white image measures 15 cm x 12 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of a team of eight men preparing to lower a length of pipe into a trench excavated for the water supply pipeline in Western Australia. Trestles fitted with a hand winch, pulley system and steel-lifting ropes hold the lengths of pipe waiting to be lowered, and a number of connecting rings are distributed alongside the trench. A railway line and telegraph line can be seen running parallel with the pipeline. The caption below the photograph (not visible) reads 'Lowering Pipes into Trench'. The photograph measures 11 cm x 15 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in the Mephan Ferguson pipeworks, of a machine that joined two half cylinders of steel plate to make a length of cylindrical pipe, 8.5 m long and 76 cm in diameter, for the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme in Western Australia. Mephan Ferguson (second from left with hat and beard), the factory owner and inventor of the special device used to lock the two halves of pipe together, is observing the closing machine. The photograph measures 21 cm x 16 cm.
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  • This is a sepia photograph, measuring 8 cm x 27 cm, showing a huge condenser that was built by the Western Australian Government to supply fresh water to Coolgardie and to the railways, before the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme designed by C Y O'Connor was opened. It shows ranks of boilers, chimneys and condensing units. In the foreground are wagons stacked with timber for fuelling the condensers.
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  • This black-and-white photograph shows two men at Mephan Ferguson's pipeworks in Falkirk, a suburb of Perth now known as Maylands. The men are in the process of welding joint rings for joining pipes to be used in the Coolgardie Water Supply pipeline. One man is heating a collar of steel over an open-hearth fire while the other is manipulating a second ring. Both men are using long-handled tongs to hold the collars. The photograph measures 21 cm x 16 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 13 cm x 18 cm that shows an awning and a number of small, coloured, triangular flags, or bunting, set up for the opening ceremony of the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme at Mount Charlotte Reservoir in Kalgoorlie on 24 January 1903. People are walking to the summit from various directions and the trenches containing the pipelines that deliver the water to the Reservoir are visible. The caption below the photograph (not visible) reads 'Mount Charlotte, Demonstration Day'.
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  • This is a black-and-white group photograph taken at Lake View Consuls Mine in Kalgoorlie in 1896, measuring 24 cm x 17 cm. It shows a group of gold prospectors and miners, including adventurous natural-geologist and pioneering prospector Robert ('Bobby') Robinson and his wife, Annie, standing at the right of the group.
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  • This is a sepia photograph measuring 15 cm x 21 cm showing Bennett's Tank, which was developed by the Western Australian Government on the eastern gold fields as a source of fresh water for transport and people before the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme was opened. Rain falling on the low hills and slopes in the background drains naturally into it. The sluice through which the water enters the tank is visible at its rear. The sides of the tank are terraced. A depth marker near the middle of the tank shows that the tank was far from full.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Roy Millar with the caption 'Opening ceremony of the 1st State School Coolgardie by James Shaw Esq. Mayor, November 1894'. It shows a group of children and adults in colonial dress standing in front of the school buildings. These comprise two large tents with wooden walls, and canvas roofs stretched over wooden frames. Additional canvas flies are attached above the roof and solid timbers support the sides. The foreground is level and bare. The photograph measures 15 cm x 20 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph taken in the street outside the booking office of the coach proprietors Cobb and Co Ltd, in Coolgardie, Western Australia. It shows a coach crowded with men and drawn by five horses, with four bystanders alongside. The wide dirt road is flanked by several low buildings. The photograph measures 38 cm x 51 cm, and was possibly created by Greenham and Evans.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of an illuminated presentation showing images of Paddy Hannan, who found gold at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, in 1893. The presentation includes Paddy Hannan's Miner's Right surrounded by illustrations of Paddy Hannan and life on the gold fields. An inscription on the presentation reads 'Presented to the Municipality of Kalgoorlie By J.W. Fimister Esq J.P. Mayor, 18th September 1899'. The signature of the artist, N H Hawkins, is in the bottom-right corner. The image measures 19 cm x 15 cm.
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  • This is a copy of Paddy Hannan's Miner's Right, which was issued to him on 11 August 1893. The text reads 'WESTERN AUSTRALIA / 911 Fee One Pound / Yilgarn Goldfield. / MINER'S RIGHT. / Issued to Patrick Hannan / under the provisions of
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of a trainload of pipes en route to a Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme pipe-laying team somewhere to the east of Perth, Western Australia, around 1901. The train has paused alongside the Parkerville railway siding in the Darling Ranges. The load consists of some 12-15 flat-top wagons. The engine driver, wearing a driver's cap, is Walter Dix and the guard on the right is James Coopes. The photograph measures 21 cm x 16 cm.
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  • This is a sepia-toned map showing the location of gold-mining centres and roads west, north and east of Coolgardie, Western Australia, published in the 'Traveller's Guide to Western Australia' in 1894. The map has a scale of 10 miles to 1 inch (about 16 km to 2.5 cm) and relief is shown by hachures. On the left of the map, beneath the title and scale, are the words 'Published by/ E.S. WIGG and SON, / Adelaide, Perth, / Broken Hill and London'. The map measures 26.2 cm x 36.0 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph from the 1930s showing two men in a trench repairing a leak in the pipeline that supplies water to Western Australia's arid gold fields. The escaping water is shooting metres into the air, drenching the workers and turning the bottom of the trench in which they are working into mud. The photograph measures 32 cm x 20 cm.
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  • This black-and-white photograph shows six men posed around the joint linking two lengths of pipe in the Coolgardie Water Supply pipeline. Two are operating a machine that melts lead for caulking (sealing) a waterproof joint. A collar of short bars interlinked by wires and chains can be seen around the joint. The photograph measures 21 cm x 16 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of a gold-prospecting party of three men, three working camels and a baby camel. The camels are saddled and one carries large drums, presumably containing water. The men are dressed in typical working clothes of the period. In the background is the camp set up by the men. The photograph was taken in the vicinity of Coolgardie, Western Australia, around 1895. It measures 14 cm x 20 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph showing three men, all of whom were involved with the completion of the water supply pipeline in Western Australia, sitting on a pipe that is discharging water into the suction tank of No 2 Pumping Station. The photograph, showing the tank nearly full, was taken on 13 April 1902, two weeks after pumping had started at No 1 Pumping Station. On the left, in the bowler hat, is T C Hodgson, then engineer-in-charge of all pipeline and pumping station construction. In the centre is attorney Reginald Forbes of Glanville and Forbes, who acted in Australia on behalf of the British firm that supplied the pumping machinery. On the right is William Reynoldson, who was to succeed Hodgson as engineer-in-charge of the Scheme. The photograph measures 15 cm x 11 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white sketch by S Göczel that appeared in the first annual report of the Western Australian Department of Mines in 1894. The sketch is in two parts - the top part shows a natural landscape with trees in the background and, faintly visible on the far right, a party of three men on horseback accompanied by two packhorses approaching a well near the base of a large rock. The bottom part of the sketch shows a cross-section of the well revealing it to be lined with stones and holding water.
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  • This is a statue titled 'C Y O'Connor Horse and Rider', by Western Australian sculptor Tony Jones. It depicts Charles Yelverton O'Connor looking back over his shoulder at Fremantle Harbour. It is a work in bronze made in 1999. It is positioned approximately 20 metres offshore in the ocean at North Coogee, south of Fremantle, Western Australia, at the location where O'Connor committed suicide. The statue is 2 metres in height.
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  • This is a technical drawing of a Worthington Horizontal Duplex Triple Expansion High Duty Pumping Engine. The diagram shows how steam is taken into the actual engine (at left) and transferred through cylinders to move the fresh water through the pump (at right). Labels have been included to identify features, and the drawing measures 22 cm x 16 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph, measuring 21 cm x 16 cm, of 8 km of 76-cm diameter pipes ready for use in the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme. The pipes are arranged in rows covering a huge area outside Mephan Ferguson's pipe factory in the Perth suburb of Falkirk (later known as Maylands), Western Australia. The main manufacturing building is shown at the rear, to the left. The inscription on the photograph reads 'Mephan Fergusons Pipe Factory
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  • This is a sepia photo print, measuring 16 cm x 21 cm, taken at Coolgardie, Western Australia in 1895. One gold miner or prospector is having a wash in a panning dish. Two other miners are sitting on wooden boxes, while two other men give them a haircut and a shave. The miners are outside a shelter made of brushwood, which consists of thin sticks of wood and leafy branches interwoven. Their furniture has been improvised from wooden boxes and packing cases. The title, 'Sunday morning in camp', is handwritten at the bottom left of the photograph.
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  • This is a posed black-and-white photograph showing ten men on a track and their various forms of transport to and around Western Australia's eastern gold fields. On the right are two camels, in the centre is a bicycle and in the background are laden horse-drawn wagons. The shadow of the photographer can be seen on the bare earth in the foreground.
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  • This is a posed black-and-white photograph showing ten men on a track and their various forms of transport to and around Western Australia's eastern gold fields. On the right are two camels, in the centre is a bicycle and in the background are laden horse-drawn wagons. The shadow of the photographer can be seen on the bare earth in the foreground.
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  • This is a black-and-white sketch showing various ways of travelling and transporting personal belongings to the Coolgardie gold fields in Western Australia. Separate sections of the sketch depict the different methods - three men pulling a cart, a man pushing his belongings in a barrel, a man mounted on a horse, two packhorses laden with goods, a man pushing a wheelbarrow and two men balancing a cart between them, one at the front and the other behind. All the people represented are male and dressed in traditional working clothes of the time. The sketch was published in the weekly newspaper The Australasian on 21 April 1894.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of a prospector outside his home, which is made entirely from flattened empty food cans. He is opening a tin that appears similar to three others in his packing-case larder. His mining equipment constitutes a pick, a shovel and a panning dish, while an axe is embedded in a foreground tree and a waterbag is on the edge of the roof. The words 'TINNED DOG HUT' are written on the photograph, which measures 14.5 cm x 11.5 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of a bakery in Broad Arrow, Western Australia. It was taken by Thomas Pick in 1899. The shop sign reads 'T'OTHERSIDERS SHOP HOPBEER. BREAD.', which indicates what is sold and who runs it. Three camels loaded with packs are lying outside the shop - one has a rider on the back of a double saddle. The camel to the right is carrying water containers. Several men and women, in colonial dress, are standing outside the shop. The building is a solid structure, possibly corrugated iron, with glass windows, although the frame is wooden and the veranda has a brushwood cover. The photograph measures 15 cm x 20 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1902 outside the Mephan Ferguson pipeworks at Falkirk, Western Australia, showing two lengths of 8.5-m-long pipe, joined end-to-end, on a horse-drawn dray. The pipes are joined with a collar manufactured for the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme. A sign on the dray identifies it as belonging to the carriers Moullin and Hayward although the wording is hard to distinguish. The photograph measures 21 cm x 16 cm.
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  • This is a colour digital photograph of 1994 showing equipment used in refurbishing the cement lining of the pipeline that delivers water to Western Australia's eastern gold fields. The top half of a section of pipe has been cut away to give a view of the operator lying on his front on a trolley inside the pipe.
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  • This is a sepia photograph, measuring 12 cm x 20 cm, that was taken at lease number 35E, North Boulder Mine at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. It shows a large group of men in working dress posed waiting for their supply of water to be handed over. Among the containers are a large metal jug or 'dipper', a canvas water bag and several 4-gallon (18 L) steel drums.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in the 1930s, showing refurbishing of the pipeline that supplies water to Western Australia's eastern gold fields. One man is using an acetylene torch to weld a joint between two pipe lengths while in the background other workers are positioning lengths of pipe awaiting connection. There is a gas cylinder to the left of the pipeline. The photograph measures 6.35 cm x 8.90 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph, measuring 15 cm x 20 cm, of a water condenser, which was manufactured by the Western Australian Condenser Company. The manufacturer's name is inscribed at the bottom of the photo. The condenser was installed and working near Coolgardie around 1895. The words 'Tuckfield Patent' are visible on the base of the furnace, which suggests that its design had been registered. The background shows the native bush of tall gum trees and undergrowth from which the fuel for the furnace was taken.
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  • This is a black-and-white photograph of firewood stacked at the base of Mundaring Weir, the source of water for Western Australia's eastern gold fields. The wood was destined for use in the boilers of the nearby No 1 Pumping Station to generate steam for powering the engines that pumped water through the eight pumping stations of the 560-km pipeline. The photograph measures 15.5 cm x 11.0 cm.
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  • This is a black-and-white image showing part of the workers' camp at the construction site for the storage dam, or reservoir, for Western Australia's Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme in about 1900. Several men and children are posed in front of canvas timber-framed homes and a more substantial weatherboard home. Some of the men wear work clothes or have equipment relating to their work and one is holding the reins of a horse. The negative from which the print was made measures 17 cm x 11 cm.
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