Eastern Goldfields Historical Society Inc

A researcher's dream

The Eastern Goldfields Historical Society was formed in 1946 and has an impressive collection which includes objects, and archives of historical documents and photographs. The photographic collection, alone, contains approximately 70,000 images and includes the Tom Williams Collection of negatives. Williams was a photographer in Kalgoorlie between 1924 and 1968, and this collection contains 5,000 negatives. You will also find rare books, maps and plans, manuscripts and ephemera. It is also a great place to buy local histories and biographies. The Society is run by an executive officer who is supported by volunteers and assists researchers and visitors to understand the history of the Goldfields, investigate family history and pursue other research interests. Make a request via their online Research Request Form.


Old Boulder Power Station
Hamilton Street
Boulder WA 6432

Opening Hours

Mon to Fri 9am - 2pm

Riots at Dingbat Flat

On 28 January 1928, a range of social tensions on the Goldfields hit fever pitch. The area known as Dingbat Flat, which housed all the non-British miners, was set ablaze. The incident was the result...


This book was not for people to write down their complaints. It was to record the details of complainants appearing in court, in Kanowna. The books, including court records and letters from 1888, 1896...

Purveyors of drapes, cloth and hats

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While you're in the area

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Super Pit Lookout
Super Pit Lookout
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Signpost Racing Museum
Signpost Racing Museum
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Natural Gold Nuggets and Jewellery
Natural Gold Nuggets and Jewellery
Natural Gold Nuggets and Jewellery is the Kalgoorlie regions' premier...
150 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie, WA 6430