Gold mining in Western Australia is the thirdmodity sector in Western Australia, behind iron ore andm, with a value of A 11.9 billion.
Gold mining in Western Australia dates back to the 1880s but became a significant industry in the 1890s, following gold discoveries at Coolgardie in 1892 and Kalgoorliein 1893. It reached an early peak in 1903, experienced a revival in the 1930s and a further revival in the 1980s. Between, the industry declined a
Mining in Australia has long been a significant primary industry and contributor to the Australian economy by providing exporte, royalty payments and employment. Historically, mining booms have also encouraged population growth via immigration to Australia, particularly the gold rushes of the 1850s. Many different ores, gems and minerals have been mined in the past and a wide variety are still mined throughout the country.