The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has been host to a vibrant collection of events that celebrated the rich mining heritage and contemporary lifestyle of the people who are privileged to call Kalgoorlie-Boulder home. Marking the quasquicentennial anniversary since the discovery of Gold on 14 June, 1893 there was no shortage of activities and celebrations for the community to enjoy.
The Eastern Goldfields Historical Society kicked off the weekend’s celebrations, unveiling a commemorative plaque on the corner lease of Hannan’s Reward by Mayor John Bowler, KCGM General Manager, Cecile Thaxter, and President of the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society, Scott Wilson. Attendees received a commemorative map, ‘125 Years of Gold 1893 – Uncovering the Golden Mile’. The map overlays the first gold leases in the region over the now impressive Super Pit.
On the Friday night the Kalgoorlie Town Hall was alive with glamour as the space was transformed for the 125th Historical Gala Ball. The 250 attendants were dressed in Victorian-era attire and enjoyed live entertainment from the Summer Club Band and Sugar Blue Burlesque Cabaret. The Goldfields Football League vs WA State Country Game Aussie Rules event was held at Sir Richard Moore Oval on the Saturday, attracting hundreds of footy fans. The Women’s Football was up first, followed by the Kalebrity Legends vs Kalgoorlie Masters showdown. The main event, Goldfields Football League vs WA State Country, wrapped up the evening with the WA State Country team winning by a margin of 39 points. The generous nature of the community was evident, with the event raising $3,000 for Give Me 5 for Kids.
On 17 June 1893, the first gold nugget found in Kalgoorlie-Boulder was registered by Paddy Hannan the Wardens Office in Coolgardie. This is a moment which defined Western Australia as a leader in mining and helped develop Kalgoorlie-Boulder as the
economic powerhouse it is today. The day was celebrated with the Mayoral Cup Day at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club. Hundreds were track-side for a fun filled day of thrilling horse racing with a seven event card dedicated to those people who were instrumental in one of the biggest gold rushes of Australia.