AUSTRALIA: Westward Ho!

Do you ever dream, my sweetheart,

Of a twilight long ago,

Of a park in old Kalgoorlie

Where the bougainvillaeas grow?

—Herbert Hoover

The miners of Kalgoorlie's Golden Mile knew Herbert Hoover before the turn of the century as a young gold-mining engineer and balladeer in love with a local barmaid. Today Kalgoorlie is a nickel-mining center of 26,000, with 37 saloons, tolerated brothels and streets still wide enough to turn a horse team around. It is a part of a vast interior that few Australians ever see, since four-fifths of the country's 13...

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