Paved with Gold brings to life narratives and histories of significant and little featured buildings, sites, events and people in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder story from the past 125 years. This is via an on-line presence at www.pavedwithgold.com.au and a social media campaign, culminating with a launch and a one week exhibition in the old J J Dwyer Photographic Studio upstairs in the historical Park Building 141-143 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie.
Paved with Gold involved EGHS members and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community in researching places and people. It also engaged the wider community via online platforms, making it accessible to all people, whatever their physical ability. The project encouraged community and members to learn research skills and explore the EGHS archives; it provided training to up skill volunteers and involve them in a community project.
Join the conversations with Paved with Gold by searching #KBGold, #KalgoorlieGold125 and #PavedwithGold hashtags. The project identifies sites with-in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder (by placement of an image on a sticker sited close to the location) with the tagline Paved with Gold, hashtag and a QR code, directing community members and visitors to a web-page where the site is featured in a variety of ways: historic and contemporary photographs, oral histories and video, plus written text.
The project was launched on 4th June 2018, WA Day, at 3pm, followed by an exhibition in the historic Park Building. The exhibition featured images by community members from the project, along with an exhibition of photographs from the pioneering photographers of the Goldfields, namely JJ Dwyer and Thomas MacKay. The exhibition was open daily from 11.00am to 3.00pm until Saturday 9th June 2018.