Swearin ‘n’ Spittin – by Arthur Dunstan

Swearin ‘n’ Spittin – Kalgoorlie Goldminers were a great bunch of blokes. Their work was hard and dangerous and most of them spent their leisure time in one of the 37 pubs. They drank beer as if it was their last day on earth. Sometimes unfortunately it was. Besides living from day to day, the […]

The Cole’s Boys – a family story

Sunday Times :  6 June 1920 COLE’S FIND NEAR WILUNA  –    HOW A RETURNED SOLDIER DISCOVERED A GOLDFIELD  (By Horace Stirling) George Cole, the discoverer of Cole’s Find, 11 miles south of Wiluna, Is a scion of a family of 15, four of whom first saw the light within an interval of eleven months. […]

The Rabbits are Coming-

This article appeared just one year before the ‘Rabbit Proof Fence” was started and which wouldn’t be finished until 1907. This may be the first sighting of rabbits on the Goldfields. Kalgoorlie Western Argus 23 October 1900 The Rabbits are Coming! WIDGIEMOOLTHA, Oct 15-  Two local prospectors named J. Reed and J. White captured and […]

Strange Happenings – grave tales

I have to admit that I have spent quite a bit of time wandering around cemeteries, as I am sure many of you will admit to as well. My children as well have accompanied me on may of these visits and they became very good at finding names for me. My mother assured me that […]

No Good at Sewing –

The old timer was sitting among the pots and pans in orderly array outside his little camp, he was skewering a startling blue patch to a pair of trousers. ‘Can I do it for you?” asked the young lady visitor with a smile. He regarded her solemnly over his spectacles, then, ‘Thank ye kindly,” he […]