The Developer Eyes Blog
Kalgoorlie and Boulder
Date Added: 11/06/2014 15:24:06
Author: Becky Wilcox
For those of you that have read my first blog, you will know that the first half of this year has been a hectic one.  I have been busy setting up the new business with Grant and the rest of the board.

I thought I would take this opportunity to write a personal blog and tell you all a bit about me and my family………….

I am Becky Wilcox, Developer Eyes Projects’ Director and have been working within the property services sector for the last 14 years.  I live in Northamptonshire with my husband Tony, little boy Zachary, 2nd baby on the way (due in 5 weeks) and two Labradors, Kalgoorlie & Boulder. Strange names for dogs you are probably thinking, but they are named after a town where we lived in Western Australia back in 2005.

Tony is a heavy plant mechanic and it was June 2004 when we just happened to be visiting my parents at their caravan one weekend when he spotted a job in the paper working for Caterpillar in Australia. Who would have thought it, a few months later after an application, medical and an interview that we both attended in London, we would be on our way Down Under!

We were based in Kalgoorlie-Boulder which is a city in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia and is located 370 miles east-northeast of Perth. Kalgoorlie-Boulder was founded in 1893 during the Yilgarn-Goldfields gold rush. In January 1893, prospectors Patrick (Paddy) Hannan and others were travelling to Mont Youle when one of their horses cast a shoe. During the halt in their journey, the men noticed signs of gold in the area and decided to stay and investigate. On 17th June 1893, Hannan filed a Reward Claim, leading to hundreds of men swarming to the area in search of gold and in 1898 the population of the town grew to 2018 people. The mining of gold, along with other metals such as nickel has been a major industry in Kalgoorlie ever since.  The concentrated area of large gold mines surrounding the original Hannan find is often referred to as the “Golden Mile”, and is considered by some to be the richest square mile of earth on the planet!

Kalgoorlie is also famous, or infamous, for other such notable attractions, including its Water Pipeline, its Hay Street Brothels, two-up (a locally inspired gambling game) as well as the Super Pit.

The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme is a pipeline and dam project which delivers potable water to communities in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields, particularly Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. The project was commissioned in 1896 and completed in 1903. The pipeline continues to operate today, supplying water to over 100,000 people in over 33,000 households as well as mines, farms and other enterprises.

The Super Pit is approximately 2.2 miles long, 1 mile wide and 512 metres deep, it produces up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year and its operation far outweighs any other mining centre in Australia. It is the biggest gold open pit mine in the Country. The mine is operational 24 hours a day 365 days a year and it is here that Tony worked on a 7/3, 7/4 shift, working both days and nights. Current planning indicates that the iconic Super Pit may finish production in 2029. 

I was fortunate enough to take some time out whilst we lived in Australia and spent my time travelling and working part time for the Department of Environment and assisting in The Little Boulder Sweet Shop. Although we enjoyed are experiences of life in Australia, after a year we decided to call it a day and return to our family, friends and loved ones so that we could settle down and start a family.

Whilst our dogs are now 7 and we have been back for 8 years, we still talk about our amazing Australian experience in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and hope to return for a visit one day to show the family where we once lived and worked.
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