Gold stealing in early Kalgoorlie

Interview recorded in 1970's between early resident George Bennetts and Norma King.

 

Describes the of methods of gold stealing and how it was commonplace up until 1912. He discusses the immigrant workers, mining conditions in Kalgoorlie and the characters of the first gold detectives Pitman & Walsh and those charged over their murder, all of whom he knew.

 

 

 

 

Part one of this interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpLMvUAgNNM

 

 

First Gold Detectives Alexander Pitman and John Walsh were murdered 28 April, 1926. Forensic searches revealed clues linking the licensee of the Cornwall Hotel, Evan Clarke, to the scene of the murder. Clarke turned King’s evidence and his testimony was crucial in the conviction of Phillip Treffene and William John Coulter. After a six-week trial, Treffene and Coulter were sentenced to death and hanged in mid-October, 1926, at Fremantle jail. Source https://thewest.com.au/news/goldfields/brutal-murder-of-police-pair-90-years-ago-ng-ya-105056

 

 

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