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Paddy Hannan : 12-March-2012
Paddy Hannan : 12-March-2012

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

Headstone over the grave of Paddy Hannan, pioneer of the Kalgoorlie goldfields who died in 1925. The grave was restored by the residents of Kalgoorlie Boulder. 

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. Working in secret, each man won the equivalent of several years wages in the space of a week.

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.

 

 

Location

Address:College Crescent, Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton North, 3054
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.791667
Long: 144.962222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Industry
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Front Inscription
            IN
Loving Memory Of 
PATRICK HANNAN
DISCOVERER OF THE
KALGOORLIE MINING FIELD W.A.
WHO DIED 4th NOVEMBER 1925 
AGED 83 YEARS 



RESTORED BY GRATEFUL
RESIDENTS OF
KALGOORLIE BOULDER 

 
Source: VMR,MA,ADB
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