Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kalgoorlie-Boulder & KGCM 'Superpit' Open Cut Mine

Everything about this area is like other areas of WA. Very large scale!! This pipeline that was constructed from Perth to supply water went a long way to relieving the early miners problems with disease such as dysentery due to poor quality water and food..a major project for 1903!!



The ingenuity of the early miners is also on display at the museum!! With limited tools and materials this pushbike was constructed. It's a ripper!!





We visited the superpit a couple of times - once at night! On this occasion we caught the blasting of the bottom floor...
This brief overview will possibly give an idea of the size of the superpit...

No visit to this town would be complete without seeing the massive 'Superpit' open cut mine which is a mere 400m from the towns housing area. The scale of operations is really amazing...






This view is taken from the mining tower built as part of the museum in the Kalgoorlie section of town. Inside the museum is a first class memorial of WW1. It's theme of lest we forget speaks not only of the brave men and women that fought in the war but of the futility of war itself. The casualties went into the decades to follow with rehabilitations and compensations....very sobering place. Another area is dedicated to the Gold mining that is the town heartbeat...

We arrived into Kalgoorlie-Boulder and had a couple of days exploring before the long drives across the Nullabor. This view of the town area is from the Mt Charlotte lookout. There were more trees than I expected. The day before we arrived it was 43 degrees! Glad to miss that one!!


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