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Plaque marks the later home of Paddy Hannan, discoverer of gold at Kalgoorlie.

In June 1893 Hannan and Thomas Flanagan and Dan O`Shea (their names have various spellings) followed a new rush to the east of Coolgardie. Along the track on 10 June, they found gold near the surface of the dry red soil. On 17 June Hannan rode his horse to Coolgardie with about 100 ounces (3.1 kg) of gold and broke the news.

The next morning the rush to Kalgoorlie began. Hannan`s fame as the discoverer of the richest goldfield in Australia came rather easily. His find was not as difficult or as courageous as the earlier Coolgardie find. An unassuming man, he did not claim that he was the sole discoverer. Moreover he did not initially recognize the value of the geological formation—the Golden Mile Dolerite—which has yielded most of Kalgoorlie`s gold. His last years were spent with two female relatives in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick where he died on 4 November 1925.

His grave in the Catholic section of the Melbourne general cemetery attracts many pilgrims from the West.


Address:6 Fallon Street, Brunswick, 3056
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.772704
Long: 144.954591
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


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B.C.C. Patrick Hannan, who discovered gold at Kalgoorlie, lived in a house on this site from 1920 to 1925.

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