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Historical Society was formed in 1946 and has an impressive collection which includes objects, and archives of historical documents and photographs.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...

Barrow man

This diary is a day-to-day life account of James Balzano who was born in Italy, in 1859. He had travelled the world before following the goldrush to Western Australia. Balzano travelled the Pilbara...

Purveyors of drapes, cloth and hats

Hats made from superior or high-grade fur felt are sometimes labelled ‘sovereign’. The Brennan’s for Boulder Sovereign Hats sign was taken from a tram. Kyra Brennan opened his first store in 1895 in...

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