Perth, Western Australia  
 

Perth, Western Australia

It looks modern, but this picture of Perth, which will hopefully see how long it takes you to notice the difference in a pair of images, was taken in 1997. Perth is well worth a visit, although because of its geographical isolation (it’s a five hour flight from Sydney), many tourists to Australia miss it out of their itinerary. But Perth is the capital of the state of Western Australia and the fourth largest city by population in Australia: at the last count it had over 2 million inhabitants (2015). Founded in1829, Perth was named after the city in Scotland, and it boomed in the late 1800s due to the discovery of gold and the subsequent ‘gold rushes’.

Today, an interesting thing to do for the visitor is to go to the Perth Mint, which still makes platinum, gold and silver coins, and has an exhibition about the Gold Rush during which you can watch the daily ‘gold pour’, when molten gold is poured by hand into a mould to make a gold bar. (They melt it down and pour it again tomorrow!)
     
 
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