Gibbs Street Primary School and Swan Valley Anglican Community School students have been among the first to walk Perth's newest and first virtual gold trail on all expenses paid school excursions last month.
Gibbs Street Primary School won our Hit92.9 launch competition and Swan Valley Anglican Community School won our AISWA Humanities and Social Sciences Conference competition.
Western Australia’s gold history is both colourful and fascinating. Following the challenges of the First World War, the 1930s brought revitalisation to the gold industry with a rise in the gold price and an increase in foreign investment. However, it was the discovery of a gold nugget in 1931 that created a national sensation and saw many prospectors return to WA.
Gold has retained a hallowed place in the history of the Australian resources sector and beyond for generations, and its central part in Western Australia’s past is both colourful and fascinating.
However, the story is far from over, and the importance of this rarest of precious metals in today’s economy can be seen with more than 70% of the nation’s overall gold production coming from WA. If WA was a country, it would be the 5th largest gold producer in the world.
Medic by day, photographer by night. Not only does Ian Beattie look after the well-being of fellow employees at Ramelius Resources' Mt Magnet Gold Mine and the local community, he captures the history of Mount Magnet after dark.
We spoke to Ian about some of our favourite photographs that will take you back in time to Mount Magnet's golden past.
Read about the importance of the Gold Industry Group, the storied history of gold in Australia, our members - The Perth Mint, Doray Minerals, Ramelius Resoucres and Gold Fields Australia - in The West Australian "A Golden Future" Liftout published 20 July, 2016.
Last week the Gold Industry Group held its inaugural industry networking event at the historic Perth Mint. The event was attended by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Honourable Sean L’Estrange MLA, and 90 members and industry colleagues to discuss the future of Australia’s gold industry and the vision of the Group.
Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer and Gold Industry Group Chairman Richard Hayes spoke about the importance of the Group and what it can achieve collectively.
When you buy gold you become part of not insignificant community who hold over 6,000 million troy ounces. This is the amount of gold that research firms like Thomson Reuters GFMS estimate exists across the globe – around 187,000 tonnes worth $7.13 trillion dollars.
However, since people are unlikely to truthfully answer a telephone survey about how much gold they have (particularly if they store it at home), how do research firms come up with their estimate?