Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Goldfields Drama

The goldfields of eastern Western Australia has had its share of dramas.  One was the rescue of an Italian miner, Modesto Varischetti, from a flooded underground mine near Coolgardie.   It is a good story and can be found here. There is also a reference to Herbert Hoover, who was a mining engineer at Kalgoorlie at the time and assisted in the rescue of Varischetti.    This plaque is on the wall of the student accommodation block at the Kalgoorlie School of Mines.

Coincidentally, whilst we were in Kalgoorlie,  Margaret struck up a conversation (strange that!) with a man named Richard, who turned out to be a distant relative of Modesto Varischetti, on his mother’s side.


By 1902 Kalgoorlie had a tram system and it ran up until 1952. 

Click this link to read about it.

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