Hugh O’Donnell – WA’s Youngest Gallipoli Hero

Hugh O'Donnell (second from right)

Young Hughie O'Donnell was the youngest West Australian to die at Gallipolli. He was born in Boulder in 1898 to John and Lily O'Donnell. He was living with his parents in Kanowna and when he signed up he was still at the Eastern Goldfields High … [Continue reading]

Paddy Hannan’s Statue – Kalgoorlie

Paddy Hannans Drinking Fountain

Paddy Hannans Statue   Early in 1928 the ‘Kalgoorlie Sun’ directed the attention of the residents of Kalgoorlie that although a plaque and a tree existed to make the first place where gold was found in Kalgoorlie no permanent memorial … [Continue reading]

A Fine Moustache – ‘It is an Art”

As we are coming to the end of November for 2014 I wish to thank all those brave soles who have ventured, for the first time for some, to grow a mustache to raise funds to help mens health. Not all the mustaches are as fine as our Mr McNair's but as … [Continue reading]

Thomas Cantwell – Died of Thirst or Foul Play?

Died or thirst or foul play?

Thomas Cantwell – Died of Thirst or Foul Play? The following item appeared in the local paper in Camblin, Roscrea, Co Tipperary Ireland on the 24th Dec 1895- Perished between Norseman and Coolgardie, supposed from thirst, Tom Cantwell, one of … [Continue reading]

The Desert Echo – Trans Australian Newspaper

The Desert Echo 1916

The "Desert Echo' was a handwritten newspaper published by the workers employed on the Trans Australia Rail Line. It wasnt possible for them to receive updates on contemporary news so they made their own. This small document is an amazing snapshot of … [Continue reading]