The first Wealth of Nations Mining Heritage Conference

GOLD125 The First Wealth of Nations Mining Heritage Conference

A Celebration of the Discovery of Gold in 1893 - register today!

15–16 June 2018
Hannans Club, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Western Australia

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Conference 2018 Information

In June 1893, three prospectors – Paddy Hannan, Tom Flanagan and Dan Shea found alluvial gold east of Coolgardie in Western Australia; the subsequent discovery of the “Golden Mile” created one of the richest mining areas in the world.
The Conference is part of a weekend of community celebrations that coincides with the 125th Anniversary of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and the 115th Anniversary of the Kalgoorlie School of Mines.

The Conference will look at the role of mining heritage in:

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Speakers and Program


Domingo Gomez

Professor Domingo Gomez

University of Huelva, Spain
Coordinator of World Mining Heritage (Facebook)

The role of mining heritage in regional regeneration: an international overview

Steve Hall

Professor Steve Hall

Executive Director
Mining Education Australia, Australia
Understanding Mining


What would Patrick Hannan think?
Looking back at the evolution of gold mining technologies at the end of the 19th Century

Kim Hewson

Ms Kim Hewson

Principal, Economic Transitions, Australia             
Company Secretary, Mining Hall of Fame, Australia

A Legacy of Mining in the Goldfields of Western Australia:  Mine Heritage Tourism and Contemporary Experiential Geo-tourism

Sam Spearing

Professor Sam Spearing

Director, Western Australian School of Mines, Australia

Miners and Mentors: Education and Learning

Tom Bateman

Mr Tom Bateman

Historian, Geologist & Prospector, Aurora Pty Ltd
Western Australia, Australia

Cleverly: how WASM assisted mineral discoveries and efficient exploitation of resources

Tom Bateman

Mr Scott Wilson

President, Life Member
Eastern Goldfields Historic Society WA

Kanowna and other ghost towns of the Goldfields


Click here to download the 2018 Provisional Program

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Conference venueHannans Club, Kalgoorlie

Hannans Club, Kalgoorlie-Boulder

44 Brookman St, Kalgoorlie WA 6430

An iconic venue in Kalgoorlie, the Hannans Club was established in 1896 as a fine gentlemen’s club. It was a meeting place for the influential people in the Goldfields.

Hannans Club is located in the heart of Kalgoorlie that makes it a great place for discovering the city. The Gold125 Conference will be hosted in the former billiard room.

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Who should attend the Conference

Everybody is welcome!

A community-focused event not to be missed! We invite:

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Conference registration

There are only 125 places for delegates to honour the 125th Anniversary of Gold Discovery!

The registration fee is $125, which includes:

The online registration is open – please register here:

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Conference sponsorship

Please contact if you are interested in supporting the Conference as a sponsor.

24 Carat, 18 Carat and 9 Carat of sponsorship packages are available

A portion of any surplus funds will go to the Hannans Club Restoration Fund and to establishing a Mining Heritage and Brownfields Research group.

Click here to download the Sponsorship Information Package

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Field trip

Following the Conference, a trip to regional heritage sites is planned on the morning of Saturday, 16 June, 2018

The trip will include visits to King Battery, Red Hill, Kambalda and Coolgardie.

Please note that the field trip will incur an additional cost

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