The Worst Accident in the history of Australian Gold Mining and The Nicholas Family

William Nicholas, was the manager of the Main Load GM in Burbanks. He had a long flowing white bear and was know for his eccentric behaviour. This earned him the nickname of ‘The Professor’. He married Alice FOWLER and they had two daughters, Alice May and Zoe Victoria and two sons Clive Lanyon and William. […]

Gold and Ghosts – book review

Gold and Ghosts Vol 1 and Vol 2 – by D W de Havelland Many of you, I am sure, will have heard of the series of books called ‘Gold and Ghosts’! There are four volumes in the series and many consider them to be the ‘Prospectors Bible”. It is Vol 1 and Vol 2 […]

A Racing Man from Tipperary – grave tales

FATAL MINING ACCIDENT IN THE PERSEVERANCE MINE – MAN FALLS DOWN A PASS. Richard Ryan, a well known citizen of Boulder, met with an instantaneous death in the Great Boulder Perseverance. Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA : 1896 – 1916), Tuesday 17 March 1908, page 17 On Wednesday 11th March about 9.30 a.m. the deceased and […]

The Darkest 10 years –

From 1894 to the present day, in Western Australia the ‘Department of Mines and Petroleum’ merged with the Department of Minerals and Energy in 2001, AKA The Department of Mines, have produced an annual report on all aspects of mining. These not only provide a current valuable record for future planning but also provide an […]

Horrific Accident at the St George Mine

MAN SWEPT ROUND SHAFTING AT THE ST GEORGE MINE.  CONDITION CRITICAL Andrew Thomas Sarte, 59 years of age, and employed in general work on the surface, met with a dreadful accident at the St. George mine on Thursday afternoon last. It appears that the unfortunate man was in the act of removing a belt from the elevators cff the brace, […]