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Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 6430
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The colourful, harsh and hostile charm that is the Eastern Goldfields and the effect the magic metal gold has had on it, has been captured and distilled in the Western Australian Museum of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Travel up the mighty Ivanhoe headframe to a viewing platform in the glass- fronted lift to see the panoramic view of the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Mount Charlotte gold mine unfold before your eyes.
The 'British Arms' was built in 1899 and operated as a hotel until it was de-licensed in about 1924. From then until about 1963 the building was used as a boarding house and was vacant for a number of years until it was purchased and converted into a museum by the Golden Mile Museum board in 1968. This was run with the idea of preserving the history of the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. On 17th June 1989, the new Museum of the Goldfields was opened. Gold put Western Australia on the map, and it is the theme of the impressive range of exhibitions and 'hands on' activities, including the underground vault which contains magnificent specimens of the precious metal, a large ingot, and a display of jewellery.
A brief history of the East Coolgardie Goldfields. This is illustrated with photographs copied from the museum's collection of glass negatives, which date from 1894. A gold vault containing state gold collection, jewellery, ingot, coins. The developments in the search for gold. The first prospectors devised unique methods to sift the surface dirt without water. Today, large companies use modern technology to extract gold from low-grade ore, which is mined at depth. Copies of original photographs and a large collection of objects used in the Goldfields area around the turn of the century. Ethno botanical garden. The dominant flora and fauna of the Goldfields includes bird and reptile specimens. Old Ivanhoe headframe (viewing platform accessible by lift).
Information sheets and quizzes are available for school children. School and group tours are available by appointment only. Entry is free and donations are appreciated.