Two men killed and pubs destroyed during 1934 Kalgoorlie racial riots

AN outbreak of disorder and violence occurred in the Western Australian goldfield towns of Boulder and Kalgoorlie as a sequel to the death of an Australian born man after a quarrel with an Italian in January 1934.

The mob looted and wrecked the houses and business premises of foreigners. The Sydney Mail reported on February 7 1934 that three pubs, a wine saloon, a boarding-house, a brick club building, and 13 shops owned or occupied by Italians were wrecked, looted and burned.

Two men were killed and at least six wounded, while property was damaged to the extent of some £60,000.


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