Reminiscence on good times
It was a somewhat sombre day of celebrations in Kambalda this week as residents observed the 50th anniversary of a nickel discovery that drastically changed the town.
The town, which has a population of about 4000, was at the heart of the State’s first nickel boom.
The depressed nickel price, however, has forced miners to shed hundreds of jobs this financial year, having an effect on the population, house prices and local sporting clubs.
The Kambalda Community Resource Centre held an anniversary celebration on Thursday to mark the occasion, showcasing photos and newspaper articles from the last 50 years.
The photo and archival display was put on by the Kambalda Cultural and Arts Group.
KCAG treasurer and project officer John Scott said the visual timeline was received very well by a crowd of about 80 people.
“There was a certain amount of reminiscing, and the frequent saying that Kambalda will never be like it used to be,” he said.
“It has changed a lot since the boom days, especially due to the downturns.
“It’s always been boom to bust to boom to bust.”
Mr Scott has been a resident of Kambalda for 48 years.
He said the highlight of the evening, for him and many others, was a poem written and read by well-known bush poet Vic Dale.
Mr Dale has donated the poem to the Shire of Coolgardie, with suggestions it be inscribed on to a plaque.
Other residents to speak at the event included Shire councillor Sherryl Botting and local miner Merv Gill, whom Mr Scott described as “one of the many characters of the town”.
Kambalda has kicked off a year of celebrations to mark its 50-year history.