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#26

dean65
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21 November 2016 12:18 pm

goldierocks wrote:

People totally underestimate gas - which is NOT confined to coal mines but common in our old gold mines.

ELAND

The bodies of 76 illegal miners were found in the shafts of a disused gold mine over the past week. The Eland shaft, owned by Harmony Gold, has been out of use for years - closed down for being too dangerous and unprofitable. Some of the miners had died in a fire that broke out on 18 May. Others had suffocated because of dangerous gasses seeping out of the rocks underground, authorities said.

LANGLAAGTE

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A mate got the contract to pull bodies of drowned miners out of the tanzanite mines - he found 42. Someone I kniow had a bunch of many students drown in Tasmania (a cave - usually less dangerous but same principle). Deaths occur even in Victorian tunnels (eg two in an adit at Eildon) - a mate nearly suffocated in central Victoria three years back and may have trouble working again, another mate suffocated at the bottom of a shallow shaft in Laverton WA......

We carry gas detectors when exploring mines. If the workings appear to be unsafe we do not enter. Sometimes my photos are taken from the mine portal looking inwards or I may be some distance from the unsafe feature. Thanks for your comments.


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21 November 2016 12:25 pm

ben2363 wrote:

Nice work Dean65. any chance on locations or names on the mines.

We have been asked not to reveal the exact location of this mine.


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21 November 2016 02:00 pm

At Tarnagulla we explored a large stope that contained a deep 100 metres shaft and found three lower levels. This shaft was commenced in the 1860s, and re-opened and deepened to 280 feet in 1898. Stopes are difficult to light and photograph well due to their size and unusual shape.

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21 November 2016 02:12 pm

Must be rare to find most of the stulls still in place like that. smile smile
We have a stope over here near Bega that is close to 1000 feet deep,
About 200 feet across.
I won't reveal where it is exactly as it is bloody dangerous to go near it.
There is a Audit into the hill about half way down it and there is nothing
under where you stand on the outside looking in.
I love the timber work from that bygone era. smile smile


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12 December 2016 09:02 pm

New Phoenix Adit Jupiter Creek Gold Diggings S.A. The 80-metre tunnel from Battery Creek toward the old chimney connecting with two shafts near Fosters Gully was the work of Frederick Gee and five employees in 1932.

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12 December 2016 09:22 pm

I can see the reward from exploring these old mines but I am stunned by the amount of work the old timers did to get to the reefs...

Why did so many of them get so far and then stop?

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13 December 2016 05:33 pm

Haa haaa,
Good to see your still get the around Dean,
I'm sorry we didn't catch up this year but life has gone at such a furious pace.
Maybe next year we can catch up.
Cheers Steve
Ps: great photos as always. big_smile


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28 December 2016 01:25 pm

bytraper wrote:

I can see the reward from exploring these old mines but I am stunned by the amount of work the old timers did to get to the reefs...

Why did so many of them get so far and then stop?

The quartz reef stopped and there was no more gold to be found.


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28 December 2016 01:27 pm

stoyve wrote:

Haa haaa,
Good to see your still get the around Dean,
I'm sorry we didn't catch up this year but life has gone at such a furious pace.
Maybe next year we can catch up.
Cheers Steve
Ps: great photos as always. big_smile

Was only thinking of you the other day Steve because I found a large mine down at Enfield that may be of interest . Good to hear from you again.

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#35

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28 December 2016 01:59 pm

Found this mine a couple of days before Christmas near Ballarat. The drives contain many examples of lagging and has an incline shaft leading to the surface in addition to a large portal.

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#36

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06 January 2017 09:58 pm

here's a new video I recently made

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06 January 2017 10:04 pm

and a few older ones for anyone interested


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07 January 2017 12:29 pm

Nice adit there hty, also a great video in my backyard wink
Thanks for sharing mate.
Cheers Steve big_smile


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#39

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30 January 2017 12:40 pm

Over the holidays we were lucky enough to find a number of mines around the Ballarat area that had not been explored by our group. Hope you enjoy the photos.

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30 January 2017 02:19 pm

You blokes are better than me, really enjoy the photos though well done.

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30 January 2017 06:32 pm

What the hell are those weird things painted on the wall?


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30 January 2017 08:42 pm

Occasional_panner wrote:

What the hell are those weird things painted on the wall?

We don't know and would like to have the answer. They have been seen in a number of underground mines in the Ballarat area.


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30 January 2017 08:54 pm

Great photos, enjoyed the other thread also. Great hobby you guys have!


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06 February 2017 12:31 pm

Berringa. The entrance to an adit bearing 10 degrees has reappeared , the earth that had been pushed into the opening has fallen reopening the mine. The adit drive is open for a couple of hundred metres and it is possible to climb up to the level above the main adit level walk along at this level and then climb back to the main level again.

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06 February 2017 01:38 pm

Thanks for the tour of your adventures folks...:thumbup:

Do any of you actually mine for Gold when your there?, or is it just the exploration and discovery your there for?

Think i'll stick to detecting, and eventually, an alluvial lease and 'open-cut'...

You blokes have more bottle than I. 8)

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06 February 2017 05:40 pm

Dean65 love the photos and cannot believe the colours, just beautiful.
Probably a stupid question but do you look for veins whilst you are there?
Mackka

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06 February 2017 08:10 pm

GypsyGoldAu wrote:

Do any of you actually mine for Gold when your there?, or is it just the exploration and discovery your there for?

Gypsy

Mine explorers share an unspoken code of ethics, that of leaving sites in the same condition as they were found. A common phrase illustrating this viewpoint is the Baltimore Grotto caving society's motto: "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints." This is similar to the Leave No Trace ethos followed in much of modern outdoor recreation.


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06 February 2017 08:12 pm

Mackka wrote:

Probably a stupid question but do you look for veins whilst you are there?
Mackka

In Victoria all historical mines are protected under The Heritage Act and it is illegal to remove anything.


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#49

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13 February 2017 05:05 pm

This mine is close to Ballarat and we stumbled upon the workings by accident before Christmas. At one stage this multi level complex had a number of portals but they have now collapsed. Entrance is via an air shaft

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24 February 2017 06:31 pm

A selection of mines from Blackwood.

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