The Western Australian gold rushes in the late 1800's brought a flood of prospectors from overseas and interstate in search of their fortune. Boom times for WA. It was during this time that most of the gorgeous heritage buildings that have appeared on the blog were built. Incredibly tough times too. Locations like Halls Creek,Coolgardie and Southern Cross would have been a bit like hell with limited natural water before the pipeline went in. They were tough stock back then! The story of the discovery of the Golden Eagle nugget (click link) is definitely worth a read. The nugget is the start of Perth's first virtual gold trail starting here at Elizabeth Quay and ending at the Perth Mint. A heck of a lot easier than the original gold trail right! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..