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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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Massive Beta Hunt gold specimens on display

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Massive Beta Hunt gold specimens on display

The Gold Industry Group’s gold partner, The Perth Mint, is displaying some of the most incredible and valuable gold quartz rocks ever discovered in Australia for the next couple of weeks.

The massive gold specimens, discovered underground at RNC Minerals’ (‘RNC’) Beta Hunt mine in Kambalda, in Western Australia’s Goldfields region.

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WA Premier launches Australia's first mine to mint gold tour

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WA Premier launches Australia's first mine to mint gold tour

A unique tourism experience, showcasing the complete gold production process from mine to mint, was unveiled by the Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Mark McGowan MLA, at The Perth Mint today.

A collaboration between Go West Tours, Newmont Australia and The Perth Mint, the Mine to Mint gold tour provides a fascinating insight into the State’s gold mining industry.

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Bringing 125 golden years to life

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Bringing 125 golden years to life

We celebrated one of the nation’s biggest gold rushes at the official opening of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s #heartofgold Discovery Trail over the weekend, which saw scores of locals, tourists, students and families alike joining in the fun.

Telling the stories of the Goldfields in a unique and interactive way, the new virtual journey educates and delights people of all ages.

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Gold schools program expands with new trail

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Gold schools program expands with new trail

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.

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Goongarrie's golden history

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Goongarrie's golden history

After the gold rush at Fly Flat in 1892, Coolgardie in Western Australia, grew into a bush settlement of red earth, tents and humpies. The lure of striking it rich drove gold diggers and prospectors further afield to search for the next big discovery of gold.

Ninety miles north-east of Coolgardie, the country was marked by a chain of salt lakes. The Gimlet gum trees made a roaring sound when the south-westerly winds blew strong.

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Gold bar replica marks opening of Kalgoorlie virtual trail

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Gold bar replica marks opening of Kalgoorlie virtual trail

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 2018.

The official ceremony will take place at the Town Hall from 9.30am (AWST), with the starting point of the trail marked by the unveiling of a Perth Mint sponsored replica gold bar outside Market Arcade at 10am.

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Discovering Perth's heart of gold

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Discovering Perth's heart of gold

Western Australians have long treasured their gold mining heritage. We have admired the courage, tenacity and sheer grit of those who laboured in the harsh and hot goldfields during the first gold rush in early 1890s.

With Perth's first boom driven by a gold rush, the Gold Industry Group has launched the #heartofgold Discovery Trail starting at Elizabeth Quay. 

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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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Pan for pure gold with The Perth Mint at virtual trail launch

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Pan for pure gold with The Perth Mint at virtual trail launch

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.

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Coolgardie's Ben Prior Park

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Coolgardie's Ben Prior Park

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.

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Gold trail to educate next generation through schools

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Gold trail to educate next generation through schools

The #heartofgold Discovery Trail will be launched in Perth on Saturday 7 October, which is part of a long-term community engagement program aimed at educating and engaging the wider community on the rich history and importance of Australia's gold industry, with a strong focus on educating at a grass roots level.

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Perth’s first virtual gold trail to launch at Elizabeth Quay

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Perth’s first virtual gold trail to launch at Elizabeth Quay

The Gold Industry Group announced the launch of its Heart of Gold Discovery Trail, which will take place at Elizabeth Quay on Saturday 7 October, at its Digital Mine breakfast at Diggers & Dealers today. 

The Heart of Gold Discovery Trail will be the first virtual trail of its kind to give the community an interactive ‘gold’ experience via the free Heart of Gold app.

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Deloitte study reveals the significance of Australia's gold industry

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Deloitte study reveals the significance of Australia's gold industry

The Gold Industry Group has released results from a study conducted by Deloitte Access Economics into the gold industry, revealing its significant contribution to Australia’s history, economic development and social advancement. 

“From the 1850s, the demand for gold has helped grow, sustain and define Australia,” said Deloitte Access Economics Partner Matt Judkins.

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WA's golden history

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WA's golden history

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.

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Inside Mt Magnet Gold: After dark with photographer Ian Beattie

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Inside Mt Magnet Gold: After dark with photographer Ian Beattie

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. 

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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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The story behind the Ramelius horse

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The story behind the Ramelius horse

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. 

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Gold Rush at Fly Flat

Gold Rush at Fly Flat

“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.