Gold and Water

The National Trust has Golden Pipeline Facts and Photos resources originally developed for The Le@rning Federation project. They are especially suited for upper primary and secondary aged student research.

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.

The images and information that can be found on the following website can be used to explore the relationship between WA’s Gold Rush and the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme; the inhospitable conditions that made it a matter of life or death; the imaginative scheme to pump water to the arid interior, C Y O’Connor the engineer in charge.


Gold and Water – Learning Federation