Paved with Gold

Organiser:  Eastern Goldfields Historical Society

Date:  5th to 9th June, 11am to 3pm daily.

Venue:  141 - 143 Hannan Street

Details:  The purpose of the Paved with Gold project is to bring to life, narratives and histories of significant and little featured buildings, sites, events and people in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder story from the past 125 years. This will be via an on-line presence and social media campaign, culminating with a launch and one week exhibition in the old J J Dwyer Photographic Studio in Hannan Street.

Paved with Gold aims to involve community members in researching places and people, and then engage the wider community via online platforms, making it accessible to all people, whatever their physical ability. The project encourages community and members to learn research skills and explore the EGHS archives; it will provide training to up skill volunteers and involve them in a community project.

During the initial phase of the project, Paved with Gold will be identified with a #KBGold and #PavedwithGold hashtag. The project will identify sites within the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder (by placement of an image on a sticker sited close to the location) with the tagline Paved with Gold, hastag and a QR code, directing community members and visitors to a webpage where the site will be featured in a variety of ways: historic and contemporary photographs, oral histories and video, plus written text.

The project will be launched on 4th June 2018, WA Day, followed by the exhibition in the historic Park Building. The exhibition will feature images by community members from the project, along with an exhibition of photographs from the recently digitised glass plate and cellulose nitrate negatives in the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society’s collections.