Western Australian Museum, Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Western Australian Museum, Kalgoorlie-Boulder

The Museum is a branch of the Western Australian Museum. It is housed in a modern building dominated by a massive mining headframe attached to an old hotel - all within botanical gardens - containing genuine and replica buildings showing aspects of goldfields life. The exhibitions change regularly and include travelling displays from across Australia. The emphasis is on the period of the gold rush (1893) and its effect on the region's social structure and ecology. Other aspects are included such as the presence of the pastoral and sandalwood industries. The gold vault with the priceless WA State gold collection is the centrepiece of the display.

Address: 
17 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie, WA
Tel: 
0890218533
Hours: 
10am-4.30pm daily
Admission: 
Free
Facilities: 
Wheelchair access, lifts to all floors, shop, refreshments, education programs, lectures, research facilities.
Collection: 
5,000 items; 2,500 objects; 2,500 photographs
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Items

Brooch

Hannan's Brooch

Hannan's Brooch
Creator:
George Richard Addis, Kalgoorlie
Description:
Gold "digger" brooch with tools and bucket attached.
Date:
1893/4
Item Id Number:
CH772

Dryblower

Lorden's Patent Dryblower

Lorden's Patent Dryblower
Creator:
Stephen Lorden 1893
Description:
Dry blower for separating gold from other material, with camel saddle.
Date:
1895
Item Id Number:
T65

Bicycle

Mulga Bill's Wooden Bicycle

Mulga Bill's Wooden Bicycle
Description:
Hand built made from packing cases and meat tins.
Date:
1890-1900
Item Id Number:
CH73.57

Fire pump

Creator:
A W Dobbie and Co, Perth
Description:
Hand operated fire engine and pump.
Date:
1895
Item Id Number:
T74.439

Map cylinder

C Y O'Connor - Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme

Description:
Map cylinder marked with the name C Y O'Connor.
Date:
1900
Item Id Number:
CH85.35