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The Aboriginal woman who found gold

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The Aboriginal woman who found gold

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.

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The golden quay to the city

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The golden quay to the city

We painted the city gold to celebrate the official opening of the #heartofgold Discovery Trail in Elizabeth Quay! And what fun it was, with more than 1500 braving the cold weather to experience Perth’s first virtual gold trail.

The event was a celebration of the significant role gold has played and continues to play in the development of WA, bringing the stories of early prospectors who first discovered gold to life. 

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Gold at the Boulder Block Hotel

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Gold at the Boulder Block Hotel

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.

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#heartofgold Discovery Trail: The story of a nation built on gold

#heartofgold Discovery Trail: The story of a nation built on gold

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.