Varischetti’s lantern

A mining rescue miracle

On the 19 March 1907, Coolgardie received unprecedented rain, which caused water to rise in the mine at Bonnievale. Modesto Varischetti became trapped and remained below ground for 9 days, when he was finally rescued. He had this lantern commissioned as a token of his appreciation.

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Coolgardie Visitors Centre & Goldfields Exhibition Museum

A local collection housed in the historic old Courthouse or Gold fever, old geezers, heroes and bold pieces.

From a tent town to bricks and mortar, the old Coolgardie Courthouse unpacks the history of the 1890's gold fever and is a treasure trove of items from local collectors. Learn about Coolgardie’s...


62 Bayley St
Coolgardie WA 6429

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Mon to Fri 8:30am - 4pm; Sat to Sun 10am - 3pm.

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