Kalgoorlie Stakes its Historic Claim as Goldfields Capital

THE ROADHOUSE HISTORY FILES: With the 2021 Diggers and Dealers Forum looming, The Resources Roadhouse commences a weekly look at the history of the town of Kalgoorlie through the pages of the town’s Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper.

From the paper’s first edition it would seem that not much has changed in terms of the mining industry’s contribution to Kalgoorlie, the state of Western Australia and the Nation in general.

Kalgoorlie Miner: September 14 1895

THIS town is rapidly taking its place as the capital of the goldfields of Western Australia…

Already the mines of the district are so remarkable that they have thrown into the shade all properties in less favoured localities.

Today it is the Hannans mines and the phenomenal success which has attended their returns that have kept the great interior goldfields of Western Australia before the public.

But for these the collapse of the Londonderry, Bayley’s and a few other well-known properties would have caused a general withdrawal of money from these fields and thus have given gold mining a check such as years of patient labor (sic) would not have overcome.

Thanks to the wonderful success of the Great Boulder, Lake View and Ivanhoe mines, the only three crushing on the field, the whole of the interior goldfields have been saved from at least utter stagnation.

Now for the first time the district is being appreciated at its true worth as the greatest gold mining camp of the century and a boom founded solely on the merits of our hitherto ” Overlooked
Ore Deposits” is setting in.

Already the town is assuming the importance of an inland city, and all the mercantile houses of the colony are falling over one another in their eagerness to secure business sites in the main street.

The price of land, that sure barometer of the prosperity of the chief place in a district is going up by leaps and bounds and on all sides.

The clang of the builders’ hammers make noise, if not music, day and night.

It is not too much to expect that within a very short space of time Kalgoorlie will have a population of 20,000.