Candle spider

Safety first

A miner could carry this candle holder, or using the pointed end, spear it into the tunnel wall. Candles were considered an essential part of mining, and all miners had to supply their own candles. Without light, miners could not find their way through their mining pit, or back to the surface. This candle holder, called a candle spider, was donated by L. Ralph.

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Museum of the Goldfields

Lookout for the bright red headframe

The iconic Ivanhoe Headframe is a Kalgoorlie landmark and sits above the Museum of the Goldfields, offering wonderful views of the town. At the Museum you can learn about how Aboriginal people in the...


17 Hannan Street
Kalgoorlie WA 6430

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