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22nd June 2020

Services Gone Online

We can now begin to breathe a sigh of relief, as things are slowly getting back to normal for many of us. Returning to work, the kids are flocking back to school, and those long-awaited intrastate holidays are being planned as we speak. But many aspects of our day-to-day lives have been altered, even if we haven’t given it much thought. 

The concept of delivery takeout is now abundant throughout the city, retailers have been forced to veer away from their usual shopfront commonplace and schools have opted for online learning approaches. 

Retail, dance, art and educational services are among just some of the supportive outlets that have been on offer amidst the ‘Rona season. Today we take a little glimpse at some different organisations and businesses around Kalgoorlie-Boulder who have compiled their services to be available online for our benefit.

Education

With only an averaged 60% attendance for the local high schools in March, ultimately they made the choice of moving their teaching online. While schools did remain open, this decision was made in order to allow parents with essential work the peace of mind knowing their child was still able to safely attend school.
Applications like the Connect study portal were used by students to keep them up to date on school work and assessment deadlines while working from home. Video calls between teachers and class members occurred to ensure students were achieving their learning goals and keeping on track. 

This period for some school kids would have felt like paradise. Sleep ins, no bus or biking it to school, and the freedom of learning from the comfort of your own home. But for many, social interactions in high school play a major role in overall happiness and work ethic. Gladly, school-goers were urged to return to school as part of the government’s easing of restrictions, and numbers have risen at the schools as the threat of the pandemic subsides.

John Paul College JPC Students Back to School Kalgoorlie Boulder We Love KB

John Paul College students of year 12 Sophia Spence, 17, Julia Ocean, 17 and Lucy Miller, 16.
Credit: The Kalgoorlie Miner

Retail

Local Makers Live Market

The Local Makers Live Market is an online market created for the purpose of connecting customers to local artisan creators all across WA. With over 3000 hours of dedication, the ladies of Boho Picnic Co and Casey Jane Creations have been able to create a community project in order to help small businesses cope with the stress of isolation. 

This provides the collective with an online space for their audience to shop for a range of quality products right at home, as well as the opportunity to shop locally all while supporting small businesses!   

The space had an original purpose of serving as a 3 day live market event held at the beginning of May, however, with much community interest the project will be continued on into the future once business returns to normal. 

The 2nd live market launch will be commencing between 3rd-5th July. To get your business involved, or follow their FB page for updates here

Local Makers Live Market Western Australia Artisans Shopping Online We Love KB

Dance

Our local performance art companies, specifically MT Dance and Heart of Gold Dance Company, had been finding it difficult to maintain classes with social distancing restrictions in place, so they did what any business would do and adapted themselves to the changing times. 

In the past months, they have been offering their students online dance classes to strengthen their dancing skills in the comfort of their homes, while practicing social distancing measures.

It has been a trying time, and video calls aren’t perfect for practicing pirouettes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of our free time and enjoy dancing away our troubles! 

Thankfully, business is slowly returning back to normal for our performers, with classes having started back at the beginning of June. 

MT Dance is excited to be welcoming back their beloved students after a long semester apart. To find out more about upcoming classes, inquire here

Heart of Gold Dance Company are offering $20 casual class fees for their Sassy Heels, Stretch It and Urban Contemporary classes. Find out more here.

Heart of Gold Dance Company Katie Virgo Academy Dancing Ballet We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder

Credit: Heart of Gold Dance Company

Art

Although times have been tough these past few months, that hasn’t stopped our artistry community. Not only did we experience a dedicated effort from our Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents with the ‘Follow the Rainbow’ project, we’re also blessed with a brilliant array of local artists using different mediums to display their work.

Em Anders Artist 

Em Anders Artist is an art and design company, originally starting out as Hippocrocaduck. Em Anders herself is a self-taught artist with a passion for landscapes, flora and fauna in her canvas paintings. Her connection with people’s values and cultures permits her to flourish and leave the audience captivated by the beauty of each work. 

The business was hosting frequent classes from their studio workshop, however like all of us in these current circumstances, they’re taking things one day at a time. Nonetheless, we are greeted by a stunning arrangement of products on their Etsy site from canvas paintings and prints to beautiful custom jewellery.  

As of late, Em Anders Artist will be holding two resin workshops, as well as talk of featuring some jewellery boxes and round wall art workshops in the future! For more details visit her FB page

Em Anders Artist Art and Design Kalgoorlie Boulder We Love KB

Golden Orb Designs

Not much has been able to hold this business back! Golden Orb Designs has been producing landscape imagery since 2009. The business creates striking photography prints of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Esperance and surrounds.

Captivating skies, sunsets, beaches and the general beauty of nature is a strong influence throughout their pieces. Using great care, they process gallery quality images by researching precise locations and using golden hour (dusk and dawn) to their advantage. 

It’s complicated to perfect an image, but Golden Orb Designs have proved their advancement in Kalgoorlie’s photography realm with their attractive imagery of the Goldfields, through patience and perseverance. For inquiries, visit their page here

Golden Orb Designs Landscape Photography We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder Esperance

Credit: Golden Orb Designs, Landscape Photography

The coming weeks are only the beginning of a slow return to normality, but that’s okay. We all adjust, as those mentioned above have proven to us, and with the obliging recreational services we have here in the Goldfields for our day-to-day needs, a road is smoothed on a path to brighter days.

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Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

 

16th June 2020

Home Made Lemon Curd

Home made lemon curd

Just 4 ingredients!

It is the season for lemons! Our tree is full of them, and trying to use them all without wasting them is a big effort. There are a lot of uses for lemons as it turns out; my Aunty slices them up and dries them out in the dehydrator and they are great to have in drinks or even eat on their own. You can also freeze rind in freezable zip lock bags and juice in ice trays and they’ll keep for ages! My favourite part of the lemon is the rind, it adds so much favour to a dish or cake and balances the acidity of juice well and doesn’t allow to be overpoweringly tangy. They are heaps of baking recipes to make your backyard lemons shine, such as cheesecakes, loaves and cakes and a popular favourite the Lemon Meringue Pie! But you can’t go pass a good home made Lemon Curd, this versatile condiment can be used on scones, crumpets and with in baking as well! I have always known about lemon curd and I really enjoy eating but never really tried making it. So the other day I looked at my glorious lemon tree and thought, “I better use those lemons” and decided to give the good old lemon curd recipe a go. And the end result was amazing! It wasn’t too tangy and the texture was silky smooth and I made home made scones and cream to go with it and it was heaven on a stick! Its so easy and it only has 4 ingredients! Here’s how I made it…

Home made lemon curd

 

2 Eggs

2 Egg yolks

3/4 cup Caster Sugar

80g Butter

 

2 Lemons (rind & juice) *TIP: when grating the rind, be sure to only grate off the yellow part not down to the white part (also know as the pith). That part is super bitter and can destroy your bake, so I recommend just 2 light grates across the area is all that is needed to collect the rind.*

Step 1: Combine eggs, yolks and sugar in a saucepan until nice and smooth. A really simple step, whisk is the best utensil to use for this recipe.

Step 2: Put Saucepan on a low heat, add rind, juice and butter to the pan and stir gently and consistently. What you’ll find as the mixture heats up the butter will melt and the juice and the rind will infuse. Keep stirring and let the mixture thicken up like custard.

Step 3: Grab a sieve and strain through the mixture into a pouring jug. You may have to do this in batches depending on how big your jug and sieve are. It is best to agitate the bottom of the sieve to move the lemon seeds and flesh around and the curd can full through without any lumps.

All you have to do now is pour the curd into a sterilised persevere jar and whack it in the fridge, not before putting some on snack first!

Easy done! If you present it in a nice jar with a bow, it would make a lovely gift for friends and family. I love this lemon curd as its not too tangy and zesty, it has a good balance of sweetness and sourness. If you happen to make this recipe, please let us know by tagging us in a photo or sending us an email!

Should you have any problems, please feel free to email us at hello@welovekb.com

Home made lemon curd kalgoorlie boulder

By

Sam Schimanski

Managing Director

 

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2nd June 2020

KB in Black & White: Life 100 years ago

The name ‘Kalgoorlie’ is derived from the Wangkathaa Aboriginal word “karlkurla” meaning ‘silky pear’, a plant common to the area. The name ‘Boulder’ was taken from the Great Boulder Mine. Some may know our city as the mining capital of Australia, or for harbouring stars like Kevin Bloody Wilson and Eddie Betts. But Kalgoorlie-Boulder isn’t like the rest. Our unique history, vibrant culture and community is always sure to leave a lasting impression on everyone who comes to visit. 

Today we’re taking a blast to the past back to the start of the 1900’s! The Kalgoorlie and Boulder townships (not yet amalgamated at this stage) had a combined settler population just shy of 12,500, and of that, 44% were women.
Take a look back on these treasured photographs, during the first mining boom where the production of gold was at its peak. Times were very different back then; it’s amazing to see how much has changed and just how much has stayed the same in the past 100 years..

Kalgoorlie Boulder 1900 History Past

Main Street, Kalgoorlie circa 1900
Credit: Eastern Goldfields Historical Society

Growing up

Raising children on the Goldfields often proved difficult and dangerous for many parents. Children during this era often died from diseases like diphtheria. Fires were commonplace and many accidents, some fatal, occurred in mine shafts around town.
However, life wasn’t all bad, with many historical accounts of local children majorly enjoying their childhood growing up surrounded by the bush land and native animals in the Goldfields.

Growing up History Kalgoorlie Boulder Kids Living Farming

Children collecting firewood, circa  early 1900s 
Credit: WA Museum

Everyday Life

Life may have been prosperous for some during this era, but for a lot of residents, the day-to-day life was a struggle. As gold finds grew, so did the population. Clusters of tents and shanty dwelling sheds cascaded the landscape.
As years carried on, men who prospected the area were finding work difficult as the surface deposits began to dwindle around the outskirts of town. This bust caused tensions to flare and many men faced depression and anxiety as symptoms of the end of the ‘gold fever’, so to speak.  

Boulder was referred to as the ‘miner’s village’, Kalgoorlie being thought of as more prosperous and where rich people would reside. Shopping in Kalgoorlie was often considered a big day out for many Boulder women. Elite socialites shopped, managed servants, and were always well dressed.
Poorer women of the time didn’t find the lifestyle very pleasant, as they were subjected to poor living conditions and limited leisure activities. Departure from the town, depression and even suicide would affect many women of the Goldfields.

Rural Living Past Kalgoorlie Boulder History

Woman and family outside her house made of corrugated iron, circa early 1900s.
Credit: Outback Family History.

Mining 

The gold rush began following the initial discovery of gold by Irish prospector Paddy Hannan, near Coolgardie, in the late 1890’s. Soon after, news of his findings quickly spread and prospectors from around the country were flocking to Kalgoorlie to try their luck. Over the years, Kalgoorlie’s mining industry has followed booms and busts regarding the fluctuating price of gold. Today, the KCGM Super Pit stands as one the biggest open-cut goldmines in Australia, having produced over 21 million ounces since opening.

Golden Horseshoe Mine Kalgoorlie Boulder Mining Gold

Golden Horseshoe Mine, circa 1900.
Credit: WA Museum

Hobbies

Residents of Kalgoorlie-Boulder often took to cycling, swimming and horse races as commonly practiced hobbies at this time. The bicycle was a common mode of transport, and so cycle races remained a popular pastime. International and national cyclists even visited for the events all throughout the twentieth century!
The opening of the Municipal Baths in December of 1900 gave the newly-formed Kalgoorlie Swimming Club a place of sanctity to host individual and team events, which soon became popular monthly carnivals for the residents.
Fun fact: Originally, swimming trunks for men were banned and bathing costumes became compulsory, as well as men and women having to swim separately! Oh how times have changed..

Cycling Tournament 1900 Kalgoorlie Boulder City Bike Racing

Cyclists prepare for tour from outside the Criterion Hotel, c.1909
Credit: WA Museum

Kalgoorlie Baths Swimming Racing Diving Kalgoorlie Boulder 1900

Kalgoorlie Baths, 1917
Credit: WA Museum

Women of the Goldfields

In the early days of settlement, family picnics, dances and the theater sustained life for many women. At the turn of the twentieth century, female sex workers flooded the Goldfields, and by 1902, Hay Street was known as the ‘red light district’ of Kalgoorlie.
Women, both married and single, worked in local shops, offering hairdressing, dressmaking and tearoom services, as well as some working in offices. Many ladies supported the efforts of the church, worked for charities, raised money for community projects and played for sporting clubs such as cricket, tennis, croquet and more.

Women of the Goldfields Kalgoorlie Boulder 1900 Feminism

Women and children having morning tea, Kalgoorlie circa early 1900s
Credit: WA Museum

These photos capture an essence of the simpler times; earning a living was a major priority for every family, and people were ambitious about what lay ahead for the city we live in today. I hope those who made it through the first gold rush would be proud of what we’ve achieved, not only in terms of gold mining advances, but as a unique and united community.

Men Cars Shopping Kalgoorlie Boulder Living 1900

Men posing on a car outside H.A. Skepper, just down from Palace Hotel, Hannan Street, 1900
Credit: outbackfamilyhistory.com

We hope you’ve enjoyed looking back through the eccentric history of Kalgoorlie-Boulder as much as we have. If you have any of your own photos from past decades, share them with us! Use #WeLoveKB hashtag on Facebook or Instagram to be featured.

 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

 

2nd June 2020

June Member’s Monthly Blog: Desert 4×4 Accessories

 

Desert 4x4 Accessories We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder

Get Into The Out Back!

At We Love KB, our main goal is to provide our community with relevant information on local businesses and upcoming projects happening in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

We are implementing a ‘Member of the Month’ blog to show our appreciation by recognising our amazing members who are local businesses and what they have to offer. This gives us the opportunity to showcase these businesses and allow our audience to discover a behind-the-scenes look into some of the friendly faces and reliable services around town!

This month we are focusing on Desert 4×4 Accessories, our very own distributor of 4×4 accessories, locally owned and operated right here in Kalgoorlie. I had the pleasure of speaking with owner Dennis Smedley, who also operates Natrad Kalgoorlie, to discuss his take on operating a small business in Kalgoorlie, exciting developments and goals for the future!

Desert 4×4 Accessories Kalgoorlie

Desert 4x4 Accessories We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder

Mr Smedley has always had a love for motor cars, having tinkered on them since his high school days. Growing up in Kalgoorlie, he knew there was always a need for off-road vehicles. This being the case, 4WD accessories and custom modifications had become quite an interest to him.

Desert 4×4 Accessories was originally started with a recommendation from another Natrad store that Smedley was assisting at the Dowerin Field Day, and by setting up a meeting with the State Manager of TJM at the event, things quickly escalated for him and the business..

The company offers a range of products and services, from 4×4 accessories from TJM and other trusted retailers, to fleet servicing, air conditioning, full mechanical repairs as well as a soon-to-be fully-stocked Showroom! 

Desert 4x4 Accessories We Love KB Kalgoorlie BoulderDesert 4x4 Accessories We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder

Desert 4×4 Accessories believe what really makes a business is to be all about customer service. They are committed to finding you the perfect item and fit it at the best price. The team have modeled their business to assist people with little time on their hands to get things done themselves, by running a full mechanical and service workshop alongside their 4WD accessory business. 

Operating in a regional city has its ups and downs, but Mr Smedley remains eager that Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a fantastic place to run a business. He reminds us that: “The people in Kalgoorlie make our job easy, and by working alongside other businesses and helping each other out where needed, in turn, we can help our customers.”
By supporting local sporting clubs and offering assistance to their customers where possible, they have made a name for themselves in terms of being community involved and offering friendly service. 

The greatest challenge for the company has ultimately been the effects of Covid-19. The pandemic began as the business was in its first stages of trading, forcing them to stand 3 employees down, leaving only 3 to fend for the business. There’s always going to be positives and negatives in every workplace. Mr Smedley shared that the biggest advantage for him is being able to be your own boss. The disadvantages being the bills and debt, as many assume all small businesses do very well, but the reality is: “It’s extremely hard work trying to make money out of a small business. [The pandemic] really tested us, we’ve managed to get through but we’ll be paying for it for the next few years.”

The most exciting part of running the business for Mr. Smedley, apart from setting it up with a great set of staff and signing up with TJM, would be stumbling across the Westland Autos property. The building itself has good exposure and views of the city, as well as good floor space for the Showroom and a massive workshop with 7 hoists already situated. The space was meant to be for Desert 4×4!

Desert 4x4 Accessories We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder

When asked what factors set Desert 4×4 Accessories apart from other local businesses, Mr. Smedley offered: “We focus on what we do, and stay oblivious to other businesses, so there is no competition as such, we are just another option for customers.”
Desert 4×4 has found that word of mouth, social media and support from the local community are their best forms of advertising. Rhys, Charlotte and Dennis are known well throughout the Mining and Automotive sectors, and bring their own network of clients as well.

In terms of future goals, Smedley and the team have a vision of being one of the larger TJM stockists in WA, and hopefully nationwide in the next 5 years. We are keen to see what the future holds for this company on the rise!

 

To get in touch or place an order with the team at Desert 4×4 Accessories visit their digital directory listing here. Alternatively, you can find them on Facebook and Instagram, email sales@desert4x4kal.com.au or phone 08 9035 05015.

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB