Mystery Box – in the Gala Annual Show!

I came across this following photograph dated 20 Sep 1900 and immediately thought that the wooden item in the top of the display looked very much like the case which held the petition for separation from the rest of Western Australia. Im not sure if they were the makers of the box but it looks […]

Did she fall or was she pushed? – Annie Solly

Life for a single woman on the Goldfields of Western Australia could be very hard. Annie Solly seems to have been a young woman who could look after herself and she appeared in the newspapers several times for things such as drunk and disorderly. On New Years Day 1902 she was arrested and charged 10 […]

Liquid Gold – a tribute to Hannans Lager

Suppliment to the Kalgoorlie Miner 22 april 1989:- The closure of the Hannans Brewery in Brookman Street, Kalgoorlie, had many resident crying in their beer. The future of the local brewery was put in doubt in the late 1970‘s when beer drinkers developed a taste for the Swan Breweries, Emu Export Lager, but Paddy Hannans namesake […]

Murder or suicide at Nannine?

Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 – 1901), Friday 29 March 1895, page 6 THE RECENT TRAGEDY AT NANNINE. THE MURDER OF JOHN SUTHERLAND. SUICIDE OF HIS ASSAILANT. THE INQUEST. Full details reached the Murchison Times by the last mail regarding: the murder and suicide which occurred at Nannine about a fortnight ago. […]

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 […]