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Goldfields Stories of Western Australia

22 EpisodesProduced by Lorraine KellyWebsite

History and stories of the Western Australian Goldfields written by local historian, Norma King (OAM) and Lorraine Kelly. Podcasts produced and published by Lorraine Kelly

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Was Jack the Ripper caught at Southern Cross, Western Australia? Chapter Two

July 19th, 2020


Recently I began revising an article Norma King had written about the first piano of Southern Cross and then of Coolgardie. In it, she stated that …

Was Jack the Ripper caught at Southern Cross, Western Australia? Chapter One

July 19th, 2020


Recently I began revising an article Norma King had written about the first piano of Southern Cross and then of Coolgardie. In it, she stated that …

The Dalmatian Connection, Chapter 8: The Coolgardie Exhibition of 1899

May 26th, 2020


 Chapter 8: The Coolgardie Exhibition

A brief history of the International Mining and Industrial Exhibition held in Coolgardie in March, 1899.

The …

The Dalmatian Connection, Chapter 7: Continuing Jean's Story

May 25th, 2020


Chapter 7: Continuing Jean's Story

Jenny's recollections of interesting events at the Lime Kilns and the challenges of living in a remote settlement.

The Dalmatian Connection, Chapter 6: World War 1 Diary of Sister Fitzpatrick

May 25th, 2020


Chapter 6: A First World War Diary

Jenny found a diary written by Sister Fitzpatrick. This diary details her experiences as a nursing sister in the First World War. 

The PDF booklet of the Dalmatian Connection are …

The Dalmatian Connection, Chapter 5: The Lime Kilns

May 20th, 2020


 Chapter 5: The Lime Kilns

In 1933 Jean agreed to work for her brother as housekeeper and cook in a remote settlement on the Transcontinental Railway Line called the Lime Kilns.  This chapter looks at the unique and …

The Dalmatian Connection, Chapter 4: Jean

May 19th, 2020


 Chapter 4: Jean - Her early life in Fremantle & Spearwood

Jenny adopted Mat's niece from Zlarin. Her name was Tomasina. She later married and had a girl named Jean. This chapter looks at her early life in Fremantle …

The Dalmatian Connection, Chapter 3: The Paris Exhibition of 1900

May 18th, 2020


Chapter 3: The Paris Exhibition

Jenny's diary gives an interesting account of the Paris Exhibition of 1900 and the city of Paris. They then travel to England and Ireland. We then travel with them on the Ortona back to …

Prince 'Teddy" Visits the Goldfields

May 17th, 2020


Written by Norma King and first published in the Kalgoorlie Miner in 1979.

 Prince Edward spent a day in Kalgoorlie and Boulder in 1920.  This is a …

The Dalmatian Connection, Chapter 2: The Paris Exhibition

May 16th, 2020


 Chapter 2: Jenny's diary. 

Go back in time with Jenny on the steamship Oroya, as they travel to Zlarin. You will then follow their travels in …

The Dalmatian Connection, Chapter 1: The Kazeas

May 14th, 2020


Chapter 1: The Kazeas.

Jenny and Mat Kazea arrived in Boulder, Western Australia, from Victoria in 1897. They decided to embark on an overseas trip …

Wiluna - Memories of Bloomers, Mice & Kangaroos

May 14th, 2020


Historian and author, Norma King, fondly reminisces about her life in Wiluna, Western Australia during the 1940s. First published in "Colourful Tales …

William Carr-Boyd - The Prince of Storytellers

May 11th, 2020


In the early days of Western Australia, there were a lot of colourful characters, but none were more colourful than William Carr-Boyd who was known …

Mt Ida Ghost-town, An Isolated Community

April 14th, 2020


In the early 1900s, Mt Ida was a small, but productive community with no telegraphic communication. 'Bone-shakers' - the trusted bicycle, were used to send messages to Menzies, which was 86 km away, over rough, dirt …

New Hopes: The Bullfinch Gold-rush of 1910

April 11th, 2020


By 1910 most of the excitement had gone out of mining in the eastern goldfields. Then the Bullfinch was discovered. Fortunes were made and lost …

The Amazing Escape of Modesto Varischetti - the Entombed Miner, 1907

April 10th, 2020


Modesto Varischetti was entombed underground for 9 days in a goldmine at Bonnievale, Western Australia. He was kept alive with the assistance of …

Reminiscing with Herbert Hoover's God-daughter

April 10th, 2020


Phyllis McMillan recalls her life in Gwalia and Peppermint Grove. Her father was an Engineer at the Gwalia Mine with Herbert Hoover and her parents …

Her Final Walk: A Christmas Tragedy

April 8th, 2020


Mrs Quinn had just arrived from Scotland to visit her son in Bulong, Western Australia on Christmas Day 1915. She decided to save a few pounds by not …

Underground Horses in WA Gold Mines

April 8th, 2020


In Western Australia, the Sons of Gwalia mine near Leonora had a long history of using pit horses. Discover why and other interesting information …

The Murder of Tiger (Wimbah)

April 6th, 2020


Tiger (his Aboriginal name was Wimbah) was murdered in 1898. He was a genius at gold-specking and was the first to find gold in Bulong. His murder by …

Mildred Walshaw: Lady Gold-miner

April 6th, 2020


Mildred was the only permanent resident of the ghost town of Comet Vale and was most likely the only active woman prospector with her own gold mine …

Among the Early Ones- Pioneer of Greenough, Western Australia

April 5th, 2020


A brief account of Lillian King (nee Waldeck) who was my Great-Grandmother and pioneer of Greenough, Western Australia. I found this letter to Norma King, my Nanna, which has been reproduced and published. Her father …

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