Golden Pipeline

National Trust of WA

Explore The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail

A self-guided drive trail between the Perth Hills and Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields. Go with the Flow. Follow the water to discover more about the audacious goldfields water supply scheme and Engineer CY O’Connor.

Discover The people and the Scheme

“Future generations, I am quite certain will think of us and bless us for our far seeing patriotism, and it will be said of us, as Isaiah said of old, ‘They made a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” – Sir John Forrest

The People

Pump People

They were hours away from medical help, provisions had to be thrown off a passing train and home schooling was often the only option, but many of those who lived at the remote pumping stations or in camps along the line recall those times as the ‘best times of their lives’.

It wasn’t just firemen (stokers), engineers and woodcutters who lived in isolated settlements but also wives and children. They can all be said to have done their bit to keep the water flowing.

Gina Pickering. Reunion of pump people at No 8 pump station.
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