Struck by Lightening - William Smith

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. SINGULAR EXPERIENCE. There are probably few men who have been struck by lightning and have survived to tell the tale. One of them, if there are any others, is William Smith, from  Kalgoorlie who is depicted here as he appeared … [Continue reading]

Victoria Park – Relocated and Vanished!

Frames for creepers

The Victoria Park band pavilion or rotunda was built in less than 3 months and opened in 1903. Every Sunday the Kalgoorlie Brass Band would perform open-air concerts to the citizens of Kalgoorlie. Victoria Park is a well established park which was … [Continue reading]

Our Flag – Flown for the first time 114 years ago today

Annie Dorrington - Karrakatta Cemetery

This day, 3rd September in 1901, 114 years ago, the Australian Flag was flown for the first time. Following the proclamation of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January 1901, the Commonwealth government held a design competition for a new … [Continue reading]

A Case of ‘Emu’ – A true story

This story was relted by Clarrie Makin:- We were sitting on a bench outside the Grand Hotel (Kookynie), and idly watching Horace, the emu, scratching around the yard. ‘Snowy’ Bruce, the hotel publican, was saying that we couldn’t have a dance to … [Continue reading]

Book Review – Cast Iron Pillar Boxes of Western Australia by Sue Hobson

The Ledger Foundry This latest book  is a wonderful blend of a family history and the manufacturing of the wonderful bright red pillar boxes that we have all seen. I am sure you will remember the campaign by the people of Kalgoorlie/Boulder … [Continue reading]