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Constructing Australia


1895By 1895 the population of Western Australia has doubled to 101,000. John Forrest is convinced that an adequate water supply must be provided to the goldfields. There are no rivers to supply the towns of Coolgardie and Kalgoolie and deaths from typhoid fever soar due to contaminated water. As the population of the mining towns explodes, 1,900 people in these towns are known to have died from typhoid fever in the 1890s.