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Voices from the past: Coolgardie or bust
Issue: Autumn 2010
Prospectors’ camp, Coolgardie, 1894.
Albert Gaston was born in the Horsham district of Western Victoria in 1872, and at the age of 18 set out in search of adventure with £15 in his pocket. Like many others, he found it in Western Australia when gold was discovered by Arthur Bayley and William Ford at a place that would later be named Coolgardie. This is a condensed extract from his memoir.