The Legends of ‘Hellfire Jack’

From: The Countryman, 1st Sept 1950 – There was the time that the brokers who were negotiating to purchase the Merton’s Reward Goldmine in 1902 arrived at Menzies by horse drawn buggy at 8pm, after the train for Kalgoorlie had left. It was essential for them to reach Kalgoorlie before midnight when the option on […]

Easter on the Woodline –

Sunday Times  10 April 1910, page 4 – By Crosscut Wilson  There was nothing out here in the bush to remind one that the holy season of Eastertide had arrived, except the entire absence of hot cross buns on Good Friday, and as every other day of the year is emphasised by the same peculiarity […]

Titanic Sinks – How the Goldfields Heard!!!

On  the 14th April 1912, 103 yrs ago today the SS Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg. The following is a copy of the newspaper article from the 16th April 1912 from the Kalgoorlie Miner and describes how the people of the Goldfields of Western Australia were first told of the tragedy. WHITE STAR LINER […]

Greek Tragedy at Lawlers

Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA : 1896 – 1916), Tuesday 13 January 1903, page 31 THE LAWLERS MURDER INQUEST AND TRIAL. Inquest into the deaths  of Sophia, and and her child Emanuel Psechetsas. The victims of the terrible tragedy at Lawlers on December 20 was begun on Tuesday last, Detective Walsh having arrived from Kalgoorlie two […]

The Remarkable Love Life of Beth Maynard

The following story is one of the most unusual I have read for some time. It really does fit into the category of ‘Ripping Yarns and Tragic Tales’ The story starts SA and ends in NSW but has a Goldfields link!!! It is reproduced here with the kind permission of the author,Annie McKay O’Riley,  from […]