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 […]

Indigenous Digger Honoured-

We have now set the date to honour and dedicate the new plaque on the grave of Hubert Laurence, for the 8th July 2017 at 11am at the Kalgoorlie Cemetery. Funding to have the grave surrounds and headstone restored and for a new plaque to be engraved to recognise Hugh’s war service has been supplied […]

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 […]

Queenslanders in Western Australia – by Shauna Hicks

This weeks ‘Guest Post’ is from the well known family and local history researcher and writer Shauna Hicks. I have been a follower of Shaunas for several years and have enjoyed many of her articles. You can follow Shauna on:- or her blog at  - Queenslanders in Western Australia You can find ancestors just about […]

The Yuill family of Kalgoorlie

Recently I was in contact with Jason Clark who has been researching his ‘Yuill’ family connections in the WA Goldfields. The family suffered several tragedies. The following photograph shows Christina Jessie Yuill (nee Balle) with her young son William John . Although the date was handwritten on the front of the photograph of 1916, this […]