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Saturday, September 17, 1892. :   The Coolgardie, WA, gold rush begins.

     The small town of Coolgardie lies about 570km east of Perth, Western Australia. The gold rush began when prospectors Arthur Bayley and William Ford found a rich reef of gold in 1892, which they named "Bayley's Reward". On 17 September 1892 they carried almost 16kg of gold into a bank in Southern Cross, 368km northeast of Perth. Thousands departed Southern Cross that very night, sparking a huge gold rush to Coolgardie.

Coolgardie grew rapidly, becoming the third largest town in the state after Perth and Fremantle. However, within a few years, nearby Kalgoorlie was attracting more interest, as the gold deposits were much larger. The population of Coolgardie dropped dramatically, falling to below 200 at one stage. Now the town stands as a monument to its gold rush days, with a steady population of around 1300.

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Thought For Today
Children are fortunate if they have a father who is honest and does what is right.
Proverbs 20:7 (c) GNB
How tragic it is when kids have to look to a corrupt father for guidance. Is there no shame in that sort of man? He brings ruin to himself and to others.

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