In 1893 Western Australia
experienced a truly exciting time which has never been repeated. It began with a rather small Irishman called Paddy Hannan.
Paddy was a gold
prospector and in that year he was searching around the town of Coolgardie
. One day, Paddy struck it lucky when he found the fabled Mother Lode
. He had discovered a reef of gold ore
so large and so rich that the area became called the Golden Mile.
Thousands of men flocked in to seek their fortune. on the gold fileds a town sprang up called Kalgoorlie which catered to the needs of the miners
Today, the boom times have gone but Kalgoorlie remains. 33,000 people still find a living there, some still in the gold mines, and the town is the largest for many miles around. It is a typical outback
town with broad streets, covered pavements and the distinctive architecture
found in such towns.
Paddy Hannan is still remembered in Kalgoorlie. There is a statue
of him and a street and a local beer
named in his honour.