Kalgoorlie was founded in 1893 after prospector Paddy Hannan found gold near Mount Charlotte.

Today it is the fifth largest population centre in Western Australia.

Just when the name Kalgoorlie was first recorded and the precise meaning of the name is unknown. Various sources give it as either meaning: a dog chasing a kangaroo; the aboriginal name of a shrub from the area (“Galgurli”); or the aboriginal name for the local edible silky pear (“Kulgooluh”).


The reports of the various trips, tours and travels on the Adventures website have a lot of information about place names – their naming and features – toponymy. More information.

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