"Where & what the fuck is Gwalia????" I hear you ask!
Gwalia is a former gold mining town about 230 kms from Kalgoorlie (where we are currently holidaying) in the Northern Goldfields of Western Australia. It originally developed out of the gold mining boom in the 1890's and became quite a bustling little town by the early 1900's, with a population of just over 1000. Now little more than a ghost town, it is nevertheless a fascinating place to visit, as many of the original old buildings, miners' shacks and houses have been preserved and are now a popular tourist attraction.
A bit of trivia about Gwalia that might be of interest to our American Jubbers, is that a young American geologist who arrived in Gwalia in 1897 to develop the mine and become its first manager was none other than Herbert Hoover, who would later become the 31st President of the USA (1929 - 1933). Hoover's stay in Gwalia was brief, as he was sent to China in December 1898 to develop mines there. The house that Hoover lived in, overlooking the mine operations, still exists, and today operates as a museum and bed-and-breakfast inn. Hoover returned to Western Australia and Gwalia in 1902, 1903, 1905 and 1907 as a partner in Bewick Moreing (a London-based gold mining company) and manager of all their interests in Western Australia.
Anyway, enough of the history lesson .... here are some pics I took of today's visit to Gwalia. Hope you enjoy them .....