Gold and Water

The National Trust is reviewing and updating its Golden Pipeline resources.

Fabulous discoveries of gold in its eastern interior in the 1890s changed Western Australia for ever. People from around the world flocked to what had been regarded until then as a backwater. But it soon became obvious that fresh water was more precious than the gold the prospectors were seeking.

A reliable supply of water was needed not only to prevent death and disease but also to take the gold from the earth. The solution was an engineering scheme that won international acclaim and operates to this day.