Patrick Hannan, Thomas Flanagan and Dan Shea may have discovered the gold that began the building of Kalgoorlie, but the riches that established a regional economy that still thrives today was found a few kilometres away just weeks later.
During the following months, William Brookman and Samuel Pearce pegged and registered 17 leases for the syndicate and was soon to be known as the “Golden Mile”.
Since the discovery, the region has continued to grow and become a significant contributor to Western Australia and our national economy.
2018 marks 125 years since the discovery. The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has committed to a year-long celebration in honour of this momentous occasion. The City, in partnership with the community, will mark this milestone by hosting some extraordinary events for everyone to enjoy. The City will also partner with organisations to make planned events even bigger and better under the banner of the 125th celebrations.
The month of June will be notably significant as the community celebrates the very first gold nugget find by Hannan, Flanagan and Shea, discovered on 14 June and registered on 17 June.
So get yourselves set for spectacular sporting, musical and arts and cultural events.