Dec 282012

As Perth bakes in a scorching 40 degrees heatwave, WA Today speaks to Richard Malone, who pours molten gold at The Perth Mint’s popular visitor attraction.

If you are struggling through the Perth heatwave, spare a thought for Richard Malone, who has one of the hottest jobs in Perth – literally.

Mr Malone, a gold pourer at the Perth Mint dons thick Kevlar-coated clothing and handles gold that is heated to 1300 degrees.

He said on an average day, the room where the gold pours takes place would be anywhere between 30 and 40 degrees and that it was even hotter when the weather heated up like the past couple of days.

Mr Malone said he usually did not sweat while doing his job – or at least it felt like he did not.

“You find you don’t sweat because it evaporates straight away,” he said.

On days when the weather reaches 40 degrees – as is forecast for the next few days – he said he tried to do his demonstration slightly faster than usual.

Mr Malone said he drinks about five or six litres of water to deal with the heat.

(Words courtesy of WA Today)



  2 Responses to “Gold pourer handles the heat”

  1. I’d like to visit the Perth Mint!

    I’m sure there’s many of us on the East coast of Australia who would also like to visit, unfortunately, the cost of a return flight is equivalent to about 11 x 2013 Australian Kookaburra 1oz Silver Bullion Coins or $425. Then there’s accomodation etc.

    Maybe Perth could organize a group tour package that includes return airfare, admission to the Mint, lunch at the Mint, sleep-over accomodation at a nice hotel and fly home the next day with our bags full of precious metal. 🙂

    Kind regards

    Billy Black Smith

  2. Hi Richard

    Are you related to Arthur & Francis Malone who were gold pourers in the first two decades of the 20th Century?

    My Mother-Eileen Malone- was Arthurs daughter.




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