Photographer's Note

On this revisit to our road trip to Western Australia I now move on the the gold fields which boomed from the early 1890s. There were many towns and mines developed, initially underground but more recently as open cut mines. Many of the small towns have closed down and I'll take you to some of them over the next couple of weeks.
The main town (rather city) was Kalgoorlie, started in 1889 and, as was typical of gold mine boom towns around the world, had some splendid public buildings constructed. At the boom's peak the district population was over 200,000. Today Kalgoorlie's population is around 30,00. Gold mining, mainly open cut continues.

This magnificent building is the courthouse, built in 1897 at the height of the boom. Whe I took this photo a new modern, but separate, courthouse was being built behind the old sandstone building, hence all the tradesmen's vehicles.

As always best viewed in the large version.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3420 W: 102 N: 10067] (42539)
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