One and a half hours drive north of Kalgoorlie is the goldmining town of Menzies. The town was settled in 1894 by Lesley Robert Menzies, a gold miner who found significant reserves in the area. The subsequent gold rush saw the population grow to over 10,000 before shrinking back to a few hundred, all within a decade. The town still has a reputation as a good gold prospecting and fossicking area, although permits are required. Menzies has some wonderful historic architecture, in particular the Menzies Town Hall with its famous clock. For 100 years the hall's clock tower was 'clockless'.