G'day from W.A.
Paddy Hannan (b. 1840) and his mate discuss the history of Kalgoorlie as they explore the town.
To be sure mate, the town was called Hannans in those days but I didn't care for the attention.
I left seven months after finding gold to enjoy a holiday, I was 53 years old.
I returned to the Goldfields and prospected up north around Menzies and Mt Ida until 1910.
Over the years I returned to Kal for a few short visits.
What happened to 'em?
There used to be over 100 headframes marking the Golden Mile.
Hey mate, is that a modern poppet head?
This looks familiar. The hotel across the road is the Palace.
I stayed there on my return visit in 1897.
It was just completed and the first to have electric lighting from its own generators and fresh water on tap from the condensers.
The Post Office in the background was still under construction and completed in 1899.
I remember the Kalgoorlie Hotel. It didn't have a balcony then. What's does 'dot com' mean?
This is bringing back many memories. There were a few hotels before 1895 but nothing permanent.
The British Arms Hotel was located at the end of the tram line bringing miners home from the Boulder diggings.
And a thirsty lot they were too. C'mon mate, lets go inside and I'll buy you a beer.
I have squeezed in there on one of my rare visits to Kalgoorlie.
I was a prospector for over forty years and used to dream of something like that.
We used to throw the wee ones back.
Just kidding. In the beginning gold nuggets like these were scattered everywhere.
Tom, Dan and myself picked up over 100 ounces in the first three days.
In my day, not only was the beer named Hannans, but the Brewery Company too.
By 1897 there was the Hannans Club, Hotel, Street, Railway Station, and five goldmines using my name.
Hmmph... lets go in for a cold beer.
That's the Mt Charlotte headframe. I found my first gold nugget near there.
That's a fine looking building mate, I don't recognise it.
Who's this fellow then? hic... burp
Good to see, in my day only the strongest and bravest men worked on the rock face.
Ok mate, my turn. This was built in 1900.