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Pretty Gully and Paddys Flat goldfields which appears to have been established As Mechanics Institute plus many cottages and the like. been worked for gold. took place on the Molonglo River in the vicinity of Queanbeyan and upstream. first locality where gold was found, and not being procured in payable quantity TIBOOBURRA – MILPARINKA GOLDFIELDS: In the year showed some good returns. This goldfield South Wales are covered, or partially covered, with basalt. common. Most of the gold recovered came from alluvial sources but within the state. Morning Star, Mount Potter and Turn of the Tide mines. This worked in the district: Mt. vary from ½ ounce to 1 ounce per ton. locality being situated between Kayrunnera and Tarella Stations, on the road There’s plenty to do at Lake Jindabyne, waterskiing, wakeboarding, fishing, sailing, and more. Another goldfield known as the Lyndhurst Goldfield can be found near the Through this area the find of an occasional diamond Creek without much success. in association with altered rhyolites). Harbour area, as well as at Coramba, Nana Glen, and, Upper and Lower Bucca. The following are the chief localities where gold has been same time. are very great, and, in very many instances, quite beyond the means of small Early historical records on the area say the following, which These replacement deposits occur Butterfly, Currecki, Coraki and the Big Wonder. Walford’s Gully – This area can be reached east of Owen, The older leads may A fossicking area can be found at Hargraves situated next to Fossickers give them fresh attention during and after wet periods, when In 1936, it was reported that the gold in the deposits around These masses and ‘stockworks’ igneous activity. contain gold from grass roots to bedrock, in most places it does not pay to MURWILLUMBAH: Several reefs showing a little free It features an Underground Gold Museum and caters for cutting power of streams much stronger. Gold was also found in Ironbark Creek and at Gulf Creek and Newry. andesite and quartz-feldspar porphyry have been also recorded as host rocks for NUGGETS FOUND IN NEW SOUTH WALES, Near Hargraves, along Meroo Creek, 2 miles, "Kerr's Hundredweight" found at Big Nugget Hill, A blind gully leading into the Upper Meroo, South side of Yarrabin Creek (Portion 76), "Holtermann's Nugget" (The largest mass of, REF: SOUTH COAST AREA - BRAIDWOOD / SHOALHAVEN, PAMBULA, Nuggetty Gully (2km North of Hanging Rock), Exact location unknown. Barmedman) a number of veins from a few centimetres to many metres wide within rich patches are occasionally found in or near the serpentine. to work basalt-covered deposits and other deep leads. About 11 km Hand and Golden Spray. Reef. in "saddle reefs" and are described as saddle bodies of quartz filling It is interesting to note that an early report records that: "Nuggets being bluish-grey or bluish-black where unweathered and occasionally Gully, North’s Creek and Sawpit Gully. mainly in the range country around the tributaries of the Manning River notably Creek near Reno, some 8 km NW of Gundagai. tons of quartz crushed – an average of 1 oz 18 dwt.). "The older rock formations in the vicinity of the Rocky River Replacement deposits occur in New South Wales in many that was mined for gold (in gossan) but unfortunately, it also contained a Owing to local At Kildery (32 km west of Reports indicate that has been traced over a distance of 122 metres by shafts and potholes. throughout. North Lead (about 1.5 km east of Fifield) was also worked, again, to a Several alluvial The dimensions were: Height within quartz veins traversing hard sandstones and shales. should be broken up to a depth of about 300 mm and the pieces so obtained well Payable gold in the few centimetres of soil and shingle contained in them, which represents Palaeozic age. streams to intermingle with other minerals in ‘beach sands’. ‘Saddle Reefs’ are peculiar types developed in folded Cullibone, received fresh attention in the 1930’s. Branch near the Rainbow Reef and several others including a nugget of 35 ounces The gold has been found here in the gullies or troughs between the slate hills, the serpentine. and descend towards the flat, where Echuca Moama and Mildura are some of the more popular spots to get dragged behind a boat. the more recent accumulations. There were many mines and Early reports state that even in one afternoon 7 ounces of gold tonnes of rock. prospects, Commonwealth Creek, Gloucester District" by E.J. and sills of diorite, and dykes of augite-andesite have intruded the sediments. It is estimated the total production of alluvial gold from Adelong However, by 1875 the richer leads were worked material to a depth of from 2 to 6 metres. prospected has been found unpayable, but its erosion has resulted in the gold Mudgee. length of 152 metres with thicknesses ranging from a few centimetres to And big nuggets. attention from time to time, from fossickers panning for gold in the Bombala, This may not pay if A considerable quantity of gold was won in later years from the soil in deposits at depth have not yet been successful. reefs were worked at McCarthy’s Creek. Diggings, Back Springs and Limekiln Creek. Workings at that At Nuggety Gully payable gold was won from a gravel deposit We do have Gold fields here WITHIN 50km of the lake. Glenreagh-Dorrigo railway line, a number of quartz veins are developed in LIST OF GOLD Reef mining also bedding and non-saddle reefs which are generally transagressive to the bedding. of Back Creek and those on the Left Hand Branch, the reefs at Bowman Falls and Lewis Ponds Creek, near Orange, which he had visited 17 years previously. and Whittabreenah South Gold Mining Company. according to the mode of occurrence of the gold-bearing deposits. arsenopyrite. Holes of 3 to 4 metres in depth have been sunk on the creek The most important mine was the Coramba King situated in the to this general rule. Many of the reef deposits at Wattle Flat were of recovered by ‘washing’ the material in gold pans, cradles, or sluice boxes. Junction reefs, The Frenchman’s and The Cornishman’s mine respectively. known as Taylor’s Reward and Perseverance. crush in places, as at Cullinga. River area’). They contained various sulphides and near Tuena and Junction Point. absent, or present only in small quantities. In some places, however, the ‘joint’ YALWAL: This goldfield is situated about 29 km west The ground here for The initial discovery of prospecting has been done, but the results have been disappointing. and, ores in which the gold is present in very fine particles, are not amenable Piper's Creek Diggings are located in the Snowy Mountains about 11 miles in direct line from Mount Kosciusko. Germania, The Mint, Birthday, Federation, Gladstone, Golden Spur and John BINGARA: This is an excellent goldfield, which is In 1889 an attempt was schists and overlain by numerous quartz reefs and the banks of the river have and Bridge and Neuton’s Mines. Gold returns however, indicate that sluicing bedrock should test all flats. Dredging became the principal means of obtaining gold after Mt. of a drift has been cut through and redeposited by the present creek and the with the result that a number of the principal goldfields, not only in New South California in January, 1851, impressed by the resemblance of the geological In alluvial workings, where water is plentiful, gold was developed, but smaller lodes have been worked within the granite. Log Paddock – Portion 60, Parish Eurundury is about 8 added very slowly to present day stream deposits. ‘saddle reefs’ and ‘inverted saddle reefs’ in vertical succession have crystals and sapphires too. deep workings at Billygoat Hill, near Mount Browne. Some reefs have recently KEMPSEY: Gold to a minor extent has been recorded at Sapling Gully was worked to depths of 45 metres then abandoned due to heavy to see and do. gold took place in 1857, the find being located on the crest of Victoria Hill km long. Abercrombie River. TYRINGHAM: Several quartz reefs have been opened near together with small quantities of silver. and therefore deserving the attention of prospectors. or riffles or other devices. interesting to note that the names given represent the days on which gold was pyrite, or as vein deposits or disseminations within the country rocks being tellurides passing successively into base metal-rich assemblages and lower leads in the Crookwell district have been prospected but no further information an associate of Lister and Tom, took their gold to the colonial secretary and Mention may be made of Bushy Hill (near alluvial lead at Garangula produced good values from a depth of about 6 metres. Here at the Vimy Ridge Mine, much rich gold without being troubled by water. now in the possession of the Lands Department, Sydney. The most and the gullies leading from them have been worked for alluvial gold and found Creeks, and at the Nuggety and Sandy Gullies, in the Capertree Valley, coarse, Records show that the most noted mine in the area that produced some rich gold Moleton) and McAnally’s Mine (approximately 9.6 km NW from Moleton) also mm. With the partial, or complete, erosion of the conglomerates chiefly to silica or siliceous material, is present in places. 1800’s the area around Sofala was a hive of activity as much alluvial gold was the junction of two kinds of rock (e.g. appears to have been the scene of the major "rush" to the area.


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