Local history

Find out about the rich heritage of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder area for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, which provides us with a sense of place and time, landmarks we identify with, and a sense of belonging.

Indigenous history

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of these lands.

The name Kalgoorlie is derived from the Aboriginal word Karlkurla (pronounced "gull-gurl-la") which means 'silky pear'.

The City seeks to reconcile Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to build an equitable and inclusive community that gives dignity, respect and fulfilment to all.

Non-indigenous history

Paddy Hannan, Daniel Shea and Tom Flannagan first discovered gold around what is now Kalgoorlie in 1893, and the town became known as the "Golden Mile". Within the space of a few years, the Eastern Goldfields became the economic and political centre of Western Australia.

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s many magnificent heritage buildings remind us of the legacy of these pioneers and the fascinating history of the Golden Mile.

Knowledge and recognition of our past provides our community with a vision for the future—the preservation of our significant heritage sites and buildings.

To experience some of the history of the City, talk a walk on our inner city trails, or check out our archives, town halls and museums.