Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie

[kal-goor-lee]
noun
a city in SW Australia: chief center of gold-mining industry in Australia.
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Kalgoorlie (kælˈɡʊəlɪ)
 
n
a city in Western Australia, adjoining the town of Boulder: a centre of the Coolgardie gold rushes of the early 1890s; declining gold resources superseded by the discovery of nickel ore in 1966. Pop: 28 281 (including Boulder) (2001)

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kalgoorlie

town, south central Western Australia. Together with neighbouring Boulder to the south, it forms the principal settlement of the East Coolgardie goldfield, on the western fringe of the Nullarbor Plain and the Great Victoria Desert. Mining began with a rush following Paddy Hannan's discovery of gold in 1893, and the main deposit of deep, rich ores came to be known as the Golden Mile reef. Kalgoorlie developed as Hannan's Find; its present name is a corruption of the Aboriginal word galgurli, an indigenous scrub.

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