Kalgoorlie

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I went to Kalgoorlie for my Christmas Holiday in 2016. A Bit different to when compared to my last holiday that was New York.

Flying into Kalgoorlie on the Qantas Fokker 100

Home to over 30,000 people (apparently, not sure if this included fly-in/fly-out workers) the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is in the Goldfields region of Western Australia, and is located about 600Km north-east from Perth. In other words, in the middle of nowhere. Seriously. It is a desert town that exists because of the gold mining, and is home to Australia’s “Super Pit”, an open cut gold mine created by Alan Bond and is around 3.6Km long, 1.6Km wide and 512m deep.

Why did I go to Kalgoorlie? Well, to spend time with friends, but also to take some snaps. I took the Leica MP film with the M-P Safari, and used the 50mm Summicron and 28mm Elmarit. And my iPhone 6.

Taken on the M-P Digital with 50mm Summicron

Actually, the shot of the statue is a memorial fountain to Paddy Hannon (a replica from the original) and he sits outside the visitor centre. In 1893, Hannan and his friends Thomas Flanagan and Dan O’Shea followed a new rush to the east of Coolgardie. In June, they found gold near the surface of the soil (lucky guys!), and on June 17 1893 showed off 3.1kg of gold spurring a rush to the area, and Kalgoorlie was born on the back of what was the greatest gold rush in Australia’s history. So, hence there is this statue of the discoverer of the first gold in the region.

Taken on the MP Film with the 28mm Elmarit and Ilford 125. Sorry for my terrible processing, I messed this up something terrible.

 

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