Thousands flocked to the centre of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Sunday for the annual St Barbara’s Day Parade, where colossal mining vehicles rumbled down Hannan Street festooned with mascots, Christmas angels and a couple of famous footy sons.
Now in its 19th year, the festival drew around 15,000 people to celebrate the patron saint of miners and the industry’s contribution to the state’s heritage, economy and community.
Sponsorship partner KCGM is making final preparations ahead of this year’s St Barbara’s Parade in Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Sunday 2 December, with their iconic 793C haul truck once again providing an awe-inspiring finale to the Parade as it travels down Hannan Street.
For more than 7,000 years, gold has been highly prized as a symbol of wealth, splendour, and power.
As Christmas draws near and an abundance of gifts fill retail stores throughout the world, we reflect on the original gift of Christmas – gold – as the lustrous yellow metal plays a part in one of the oldest stories of Christianity.