Drawn to Mt Magnet

As you will know we have done some recent ‘snapshop’ posts on various town such as Leonora and Abbotts. I had at first decided to review each town page on the OFH web site in alphabetical order but thats a bit dull don’t you think?? So I’m now jumping to Mt Magnet for no other reason than it has some great stories (as do all the towns of course).
So over the next few weeks I will be doing a number of posts on the town and the surrounding places such as Lennonville and Boogardie.

Hepburn Street, Mt Magnet c 1940

Hepburn Street, Mt Magnet c 1940

I once read that all you need to start a town was a church, a shop and a pub. Thus all needs are catered for. I’m not sure if this is exactly true but the pub part is definable a pre-requisite, and most Goldfields towns are over endowed with these per ca-pita.

We will be covering hotels, (of course), the cemetery, the local businesses and of course the people who made up this vibrant early Goldfields community. We will find out about those who tried to uphold the law and those who tried to break it, the ones who made a life there and the ones who just passed through.

The above photograph is one of my favourites. It is of the Kent family. Emily Kent, Jack Johnson holding Gertrude, William Johnson and Gertrude – 1897. Although part of their home is a bough shed you will see in the background a substantial brick chimney. The ladies have also made a huge effort to maintain their civilised way of life. Note the table cloth, the tea service and flowers on the table. The two ladies have also donned their best for the photograph and even little Gertrude has her black buttoned shoes.

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My name is Moya Sharp, I live in Kalgoorlie Western Australia and have worked most of my adult life in the history/museum industry. I have been passionate about history for as long as I can remember and in particular the history of my adopted home the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Through my website I am committed to providing as many records and photographs free to any one who is interested in the family and local history of the region.

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  1. Bill Nimmo says:

    Hi Moya
    Thanks for all the history and photo’s
    Been in Kal from young baby but born in Mt Magnet
    Again keep up the great work
    Bill Nimmo

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