Londonderry: The Golden Hole

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 236 pages
Author: A. Sprake
Year: 1991
ISBN: 0859051609
Other: b&w photos, maps, appendixes, index
Publisher: Hesperian Press

This book is presented to the public in commemoration of Coolgardie's centenary year. The subsequent spectacular discovery of gold a few miles south at Londonderry remain to this day an event which has never been forgotten, and it is hoped that this publication will help maintain the important position of that find in Australian mining history.

The Londonderry saga took place during the great mining book of the 1890s which centred upon Coolgardie in Western Australia, and is the story of a dazzling discovery of gold on a lease. Later an option was granted to an Irish nobleman to purchase it for a colossal sum of money. Subsequently an company with enormous capitalisation was floated in London on the strength of the option. This is the full story of the 1890's share fiasco which shattered London and Western Australia.

List of Illustrations
Chapter 1: The Fabulous Discovery
Chapter 2: The Fantastic Sale, and Gigantic Float
Chapter 3: The Pegging Blunder
Chapter 4: The Londonderry Forfeiture Cases
Chapter 5: The Launching, and Disaster on the Maiden Voyage
Chapter 6: The Salvage Operation, and the Master's Death
Chapter 7: Slowly to the Breaker's Yard
Appendix 1: An Analysis of the Londonderry Profits
Appendix 2: Comment on the Secret Acquisition by the High Powered Perth Syndicate
Appendix 3: The Londonderry Ode
Appendix 4: Will the 1990s be a Second Roaring Nineties?

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