City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler will officially open the newly refurbished Goldfields War Museum at its new location at the Boulder Town Hall on Saturday 9 March, at 2:30pm.
The official opening is open to the public, and will commence with a short parade from the original site of the museum, at the now Burt Street Community Hub, to the Boulder Town Hall. The refurbishment, which has been funded by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder with support from Lotterywest, highlights the significant involvement residents of the town made during the Boer War, World Wars I and II, and through conflicts in the 21st Century.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the reopening of the museum at the Boulder Town Hall saw a long term plan for the collection come to fruition.
“The City, thanks to donations from families and returned soldiers, has a vast collection of war memorabilia, including photographs, documents and original artefacts. Credit must also be given to the late Ross Rogers, who was a driving force behind the accumulation of the original collection.
“These artefacts are now housed in a stunningly curated, state of the art exhibition space which allows residents and visitors to immerse themselves in the rich wartime history of the Goldfields region and gain an in-depth understanding of the wars and how it impacted on those enlisted and on the home front.”
The Goldfields War Museum will be open to explore from 3:30pm until 5pm on Saturday afternoon. Usual opening hours are Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm (excluding public holidays), and on Boulder Market Days from 10am – 12pm (third Sunday of every month).