Wednesday 26th of June 2013
We managed quite an early start. We had packed everything away the previous night as we expected rain over night. It did rain over night but cleared up by the morning. Driving towards Coolgardie we came across this bank of fog.
Fortunately this was for just a short distance. We were now travelling along the pipeline that was constructed back around 1900 from Mundaring Weir to Kalgoorlie, quite an engineering challenge at the time. This opened up the gold fields for further development.
The man responsible for the water supply scheme, O’Connor, committed suicide before the water reached Kalgoorlie, the scheme having been labelled a failure by major newspapers. Read more about it on Wikipedia.
We planned a stop in Coolgardie as I remembered this as an interesting place. We parked outside the RSL, housed in an interesting building. The front of the building is in a completely different style to the rest of the building.
The explanations recounting the history of Coolgardie add to the experience of a visit to the now small town. There still are a few buildings standing from the time Coolgardie was the major town in the gold fields. But the presentations add that link between then and now. This plaque explains the significance of the post office (which is for sale if you are interested).
I enjoyed revisiting Coolgardie after almost 40 years. Not much had changed. There are a few more modern buildings. But the feel of the place is similar and although the plaques have been renewed, similar plaques explained the town back in those days. In my opinion these explanations make the Coolgardie experience so special.