alluvialistsThe Alluvialists. The Kalgoorlie Riot of 1898.

Rod Moncrieff.

ISBN 978-1-875778-13-2, 124 pages, A4, illustrated, 370 grams, $40.00*

The fight of the alluvial prospectors and miners against the Forrest government’s mining laws. Laws against alluvial mining on reef and lode leases.

‘Ten Foot Ned’ Wittenoom and the government’s intransigence against the alluvialists created riots that led to the gaoling of prospectors.

Their slogan of “Fair Play, Fair Laws and Justice to All” rings true forever.

This is now a little known but important part of WA mining history. 

The rights of alluvialists were cut away again in the 1970s. Further attacks will take place as they have in other states. In the coming Greater Depression these rights will become essential for the survival of many.