The Gold Industry Group were recently treated to the ultimate road trip through the Goldfields by Mandy and Chuck from the Goldfields Tourism Network WA.
The 300 km long photo shoot included several hidden gems and key stopping points on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail – an epic adventure through the heart of the region.
In 1911, a newly-wed Aboriginal couple found gold in Far North Queensland. The woman became a miner and made history, when she found a new goldfield located near the Batavia River.
Aboriginal people mined the land for ochre and stone long before the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Harbour. As the European gold rushes spread across the country, some Aboriginal people became prospectors too.
Perth’s heart of gold came to life on the weekend as hundreds descended on the city for the Gold Industry Group’s (GIG) annual celebration.
Following the successful launch of Perth’s #heartofgold Discovery Trail in October 2017, a free community event took place in the city to unveil the trail’s reverse option - with new interactive features to uncover.
Be treated to a one-of-a-kind experience, with unique footage at point 3 on the Kalgoorlie #heartofgold Discovery Trail.
Here, the presiding Mayor of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for the last three years, John Bowler, takes viewers on an ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Kalgoorlie Town Hall.
The Gold Industry Group will launch its second virtual Heart of Gold Discovery Trail in historic Kalgoorlie at a free community event on Saturday 9 June in conjunction with a local schools program.
Set to unlock the region’s golden past and the operations of today via the Heart of Gold Australia app, the trail will educate the next generation with a fun and interactive school program aligned to the Australian Curriculum.
The township of Leinster lies 368km north of Kalgoorlie and is often described as an oasis in the desert. Residents refer to it as either the 'home of the wedge tail eagle' or 'the jewel of the northern goldfields'.
Gold mining first began in the area in 1897 and the town was established in 1976. Today, Leinster is home to some 500 gold and nickel mine workers. The Gold Industry Group had the opportunity to visit the mining town and attend the regional race day earlier this month.
To celebrate the launch of Perth’s Heart of Gold Discovery Trail at Elizabeth Quay this Saturday, The Perth Mint is giving trail blazers the opportunity to pan for real gold!
Scattered with real gold nuggets from Ramelius Resources’ Wattle Dam gold mine, the Mint’s interactive dry panning activity will have Perth families and tourists of all ages experience what it was like to search for gold during the gold rushes of the late 1800s.
In 1892, Coolgardie grew into a booming town after prospectors Arthur Bayley and William Ford discovered a rich find of gold nuggets at Fly Flat. Prospectors, gold diggers, mining companies and speculators then followed the gold rush during the roaring nineties in Western Australia.
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.
In 1896, if you opened the door of Boulder Block Hotel and stepped inside, would you expect to find gold?
Yes, there is a story to be told about the secret goings-on at the Boulder Block Hotel. The underground miners of The Golden Mile were “on the gold”, and some of them were said to be selling the gold on the sly at the infamous pub before the whistle blew for the end of shift.
Ramleius Resources Limited certainly picked a fitting mascot for its name. The story begins in Germany, over 1000 years ago. Rammelsberg is a mountain located on the northern edge of the Harz range, south of the historic town of Goslar in the North German state of Lower Saxony.
Rammelsberg Mines, also known as “The Thousand Year-old Mine” - was the longest operating base metal mine in the world! It opened in the 10th century and operated uninterrupted for over 1000 years.
“Fly Flat” doesn’t sound like a prestigious or auspicious name for a place that started a gold rush boom. But on the outskirts of Coolgardie in Western Australia, the flat country with sparse gum trees was rich with alluvial gold, and changed the fortunes of a nation.
In 1892, two prospectors, Arthur Bayley and William Ford found over five hundred ounces of gold at Fly Flat. At today’s gold price, the horde would be valued at over half a million dollars.
The Gold Industry Group will launch its #heartofgold Discovery Trail next year in Perth, providing a fun and interactive way for the community to connect with the importance and history of gold, which remains at the heart of our nation today.
This long-term community engagement initiative will engage millions of students, families and tourists alike. Here is a sneak peak of what you will find.
The 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup has been made entirely from gold sourced, refined and crafted in Australia for the first time in its 150-year history.
One of the only trophies in the world still hand-spun from solid gold, the Emirates Melbourne Cup is produced by ABC Bullion. It contains 44 pieces that are hand spun over a 250-hour production process.
The Gold Industry Group has announced a long-term, community engagement project in Perth expected to attract millions of students, tourists and families.
The virtual Heart of Gold Discovery Trail and gold panning activity in Elizabeth Quay will provide a fun and interactive way for visitors to learn about Western Australia’s storied gold industry and its importance to our economy.
From its renowned precious metals refinery to its modern manufacturing facilities, through to its range of gold coins and bars, and innovative precious metals investment offerings – The Perth Mint has evolved from its humble yet industrious beginnings into a dynamic enterprise which embraces the global gold market.
As Australia’s only remaining, fully operating ‘gold rush’ mint of the 1800s, The Perth Mint’s grand colonial building continues to guard the wealth of operations and gold exhibits, which each play a role in adding value to, and promoting, gold worldwide.
The Chinese consider gold an exciting and aspirational gift associated with good luck, and is often given during Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Monday 8 February, marking the arrival of the Year of the Monkey.