"Keeweechic's Coolgardie" Coolgardie by keeweechic

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Coolgardie is an old goldmining town around 550kms east of Perth. Great quantities were discovered in 1892 by Arthur Bayley and William Ford and the town proved to be of an immense national importance especially during what was very much a time of severe depression of Australia.

During the gold rush boom which began in 1892, the town grew to an amazing 15,000 people and was once the 3rd largest town in WA. There was another 10,000 people in the surrounding area. Coolgardie grew in leaps and bounds with the building of 23 hotels and 6 banks not to mention the many newspapers who set up here. The streets were made wide enough for Afghan camel trains who carried supplies to the town. The name of the town is said to have come from an Aboriginal word ‘Coolcaby’ which refers to the ‘mulga vegetation and gnamma waterholes’ in the area.

By the time World War I began, the town was already feeling the lack of further gold discoveries and the town started to decline. Many of the local residents moved on to other towns where gold was still being discovered and Coolgardie virtually became a ghost town.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright and digitally marked. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks. (c) keeweechic 2001-2008 (copyright)

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