Eastern Goldfields

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The Eastern Goldfields is part of the Western Australian Goldfields in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, covering the present and former gold-mining area east of Perth.

Extent and name origin[edit]

The region encompasses the towns of Kalgoorlie, Boulder, Coolgardie, Kambalda, Southern Cross and other smaller settlements within this area. The name is derived in two parts: Eastern in relation to its location from Perth, and Goldfields as the name suggests comes from the mining of gold in the region.[citation needed]

Vegetation and biological survey[edit]

In the 1980s, a series of surveys were reported for the broader region.[1]

The component areas were designated:

  • Lake Johnston - Hyden[2]
  • Edjudina - Menzies[3]
  • Youanmi - Leonora[4]
  • Duketon - Sir Samuel[5]
  • Kurnalpi - Kalgoorlie[6]
  • Norseman - Balladonia[7]
  • Sandston - Sir Samuel and Leonora - Laverton[8]
  • Boorabbin - Southern Cross and Barlee - Menzies[9]

Transport[edit]

The region was the destination of the long-running Westland overnight railway sleeper train run by Western Australian Government Railways; for decades this was the main means of travelling to the "coast" or metropolitan Perth. The Prospector is now the main railway service into this area.[10]

Water supply[edit]

Water to the area is supplied by the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme.[citation needed]

Literary culture[edit]

It was the region of inspiration for a group of writers - Gavin Casey, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Henrietta Drake Brockman and others. It has been an important cultural region as far as labour history and Australian political history, with a rich worker and trade union history.

The history of the goldfields region also developed into a significant number of publications over time.[11][12][13][14][15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newby, K. R; Western Australian Museum; Western Australia. Biological Surveys Committee (1984), The Biological survey of the eastern goldfields of Western Australia, Western Australian Museum, ISBN 978-0-7244-9972-4
  2. ^ How, R. A; Western Australian Museum; How, R (1988), The Biological survey of the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Part 4, Lake Johnston - Hyden study area, Western Australian Museum, ISBN 978-0-7309-2111-0
  3. ^ Dell, John; Western Australian Museum (1988), The Biological survey of the eastern goldfields of Western Australia. Part 5, Edjudina - Menzies study area, Western Australian Museum, ISBN 978-0-7244-9970-0
  4. ^ How, R. A; Dell, J; Milewski, A. V; Western Australian Museum (1992), The Biological survey of the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Part 6, Youanmi - Leonora study area. Part 7, Duketon - Sir Samuel study area, Western Australian Museum, ISBN 978-0-7309-4651-9
  5. ^ How, R. A; Dell, J; Milewski, A. V; Western Australian Museum (1992), The Biological survey of the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Part 6, Youanmi - Leonora study area. Part 7, Duketon - Sir Samuel study area, Western Australian Museum, ISBN 978-0-7309-4651-9
  6. ^ McKenzie, N. L; Hall, N. J; Milewski, A. V. (Antoni Vincent); Western Australian Museum; Keighery, G; McKenzie, N; Milewski, A; Rolfe, J; Hall, N (1992), The Biological survey of the eastern goldfields of Western Australia. Part 8, Kurnalpi-Kalgoorlie study area, Publications Dept., Western Australian Museum, ISBN 978-0-7309-5401-9
  7. ^ McKenzie, N. L; Hall, N. J; Western Australian Museum; Keighery, G; McKenzie, N; Rolfe, J; Western Australian Museum; Hall, N (1993), The biological survey of the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia : Part 9. Norseman - Balladonia study area, Western Australian Museum, ISBN 978-0-7309-5420-0
  8. ^ Keighery, G. J; McKenzie, N. L; Hall, N. J; Western Australian Museum; Keighery, G; McKenzie, N; Rolfe, J; Hall, N (1994), The biological survey of the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Part 10, Sandstone - Sir Samuel and Laverton - Leonora study areas, Western Australian Museum, ISBN 978-0-7309-5584-9
  9. ^ Keighery, G. J; McKenzie, N. L; Hall, N. J; Western Australian Museum; Burbidge, Andrew A; Keighery, G; McKenzie, N; Fuller, P; Rolfe, J; Hall, N (1995), The Biological survey of the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Part 11, Boorabbin - Southern Cross study area. Part 12, Barlee - Menzies study area, Western Australian Museum, ISBN 978-0-7309-5988-5
  10. ^ 100th anniversary of rail link (History of the Eastern Goldfields railway, officially completed on 1 January 1897, to the present, including introduction of the Prospector train on 29 November 1971) Kalgoorlie Miner 1 Jan. 1997, p. 2
  11. ^ Casey, Gavin; Mayman, Ted, 1912- (1964), The mile that Midas touched, Rigby, retrieved 26 December 2015{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Casey, Gavin; Mayman, Ted, 1912- (1964), The Mile that Midas touched (Revised ed.), Rigby, ISBN 978-0-85179-611-6{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Webb, Martyn J. (Martyn Jack); Webb, Audrey; Kalgoorlie-Boulder (W.A.). Council; Webb, Martyn; Webb, Audrey (1993), Golden destiny : the centenary history of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia, Published by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder as a contribution to the centenary celebration of 1993, ISBN 978-0-646-14254-8
  14. ^ The Goldfields century: a snapshot of life in the Goldfields in the 20th Century, Hocking and Co, 1999, retrieved 26 December 2015
  15. ^ Templeman, Ian; McDonald, Bernadette; Fremantle Arts Centre (1988), The fields : the Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie goldfields, 1892-1912, Fremantle Arts Centre Press , 1988, ISBN 978-0-949206-39-8