Did you know of Herbert Hoover's link with Western Australia?
By Judy Evans
November 20, 2017 6:13pm CST
Yesterday I came across this nugget of information about Herbert Hoover, later 31st President of the USA from 1929 to 1933. Herbert Hoover studied geology at Stanford University, California, and in 1897 was invited by a British mining-engineering firm to take up a post in Coolgardie, Western Ausralia to inspect mines and make appraisals for their viability. He is quoted as saying ‘Good engineers are called in as physicians to mend the lame ducks. This we do by killing the bad ones immediately’. Hoover described the harsh outback as a place of ‘black flies, red dust and white heat’. As manager of the ‘Sons of Gwalia’ gold mine near Leonora, he was responsible for the unusual inclined shaft of the mine. This followed the gold lode for over 1,600 metres, going into the earth at an angle of 30 degrees. Incidentally, a lady I once worked with had connections to the Sons of Gwalia mine. Hoover left WA two years later to marry his college sweetheart although his association with Australia continued for another eight years. Some authorities say the fortune he made as a highly successful mining engineer paved the way for his presidential campaign. It seems that he rode the first steam train into Cue perched on the cowcatcher and waving the American flag. So I’m wondering who of our US myLotters knew about Hoover’s association with Australia. The photo is of one of the fine old hotels in Kalgoorlie.
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• Bunbury, Australia
@BelleStarr Maybe he should have stuck to engineering. One article says he 'helped to establish single-hand drilling, disciplined management, and high standards of efficiency in the aftermath of a boom' so it sounds like he was good at that line of work.
@judyev your country is truly bizarre - in the nicest possible way. I'd love to tide into town perched on the cowcatcher of a big old steam train. Nearest I got to it was riding into Ahmadabad on the roof of a big steam train along with half the population of Gujarat who were celebrating something to do with Indira Gandhi but I never found out what. I just joined in anyway.
• United States
I never knew about this, but I realized I don't know much about him, except he really didn't help the poor very much at the beginning of the Great Depression. I'm surprised how much I've learned in such a short time I've been on this site.