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#126

dean65
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05 September 2017 02:28 pm

"Alluvial gold was mined in the Percydale area – originally called Fiddlers Creek – from 1854 onwards. A fresh find and a rush in 1869 brought a population of over 2000 people."

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"Reverse the polarity"

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#127

Darien
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01 October 2017 02:26 pm

Hi All,

Just stumbled on these pages from an interest in these old mines - amazing to see these pics and get a sense of the conditions the old miners worked under. Quite unbelievable.
Just a note on the symbols on page 2 - I think they may be some form of old alchemy symbols.
The half circle type shape looks like some form of the 'amalgamation' type symbol, perhaps some form of the arsenic symbol
The eye type shape could be some form of the 'gold' symbol which seems to be the circle with a dot
I could be wrong but seems very similar but I can't find an exact match anywhere, apparently they weren't exactly uniform and varied a bit. Definitely look to be in that style though.
If anyone knows more about this, please comment!

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#128

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09 October 2017 12:13 pm

"In the second half of the nineteenth century industrial activity at Lal Lal included gold mining; iron mining; clay mining for the manufacture of bricks, pottery, china and paper; charcoal burning; timber felling; coal mining (the first briquettes were made here); and excavating for sandstone, copper and feldspar."

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#129

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19 October 2017 01:23 pm

Managed to score an invite to a working mine over at Daylesford.

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#130

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02 November 2017 01:11 pm

This is another of Daylesford's working mines.

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#131

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28 November 2017 05:35 pm

Unless you're discovering an abandoned mine that has remained undiscovered, out of the records and out of local knowledge for half a century or more, you can almost guarantee it'd be on the net somewhere.

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#132

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28 November 2017 09:22 pm

yeh................... nah. neutral

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#133

Hunting the yellow
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29 November 2017 08:51 pm

Gravy81 wrote:

Unless you're discovering an abandoned mine that has remained undiscovered, out of the records and out of local knowledge for half a century or more, you can almost guarantee it'd be on the net somewhere.

like this one I dug out by hand haha

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after getting inside
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#134

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29 November 2017 09:00 pm

last weeks exploring near Drummond Victoria

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#135

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11 December 2017 08:37 pm

Here's some before and after pictures of flagstone slate quarry at specimen gully Castlemaine Victoria. The slate was used for roofs as tiles and for buildings in and around the Castlemaine township. You can still see where the beams wore notched into the wall in the older image still today. But some of it has collapsed on the opposite side. The more recent ones wore taken by me in 2017. the depth of the quarry was 67 meters deep length of quarry worked was almost 500 meters. Width of quarry approximately 8 meters most of it has now caved in but its amazing what they did back then.

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The older image is around 1880? From the state library of Victoria

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this one was taken later in 1903
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#136

Hunting the yellow
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11 December 2017 08:56 pm

Exploring a multileveled mine at Castlemaine Victoria.

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#137

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12 March 2018 02:53 pm

This abandoned mine near Blackwood is difficult to find but well worth a visit. It used to go much further but has collapsed in recents years part of the way in. Does anyone know if the drive went much further and was there a shaft ( winze ) connecting a lower level ?

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#138

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12 March 2018 06:06 pm

dean65 wrote:

This abandoned mine near Blackwood is difficult to find but well worth a visit. It used to go much further but has collapsed in recents years part of the way in. Does anyone know if the drive went much further and was there a shaft ( winze ) connecting a lower level ?

Trove and such have records about it going a fair bit further in and having a raise. Possibly connected to the shaft on the hill above?
Also it looks like someone has been digging out the collapse in the last 6-8months? A bunch of the timbers moved between my last visits.

Have you been past the collapse? It looks possible but too sketchy for me.

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#139

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11 July 2018 11:49 am

magneticsand wrote:

[quote=dean65

Have you been past the collapse? It looks possible but too sketchy for me.

Was on my own so it was far too dangerous to attempt climbing over the collapse.


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#140

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11 July 2018 12:33 pm

Abandoned mine in Blackwood with indications of modern features

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#141

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11 July 2018 09:13 pm

Great Dean65, good to see you are still heading out there and sharing what you find with all of us who are too scared to do it ourselves.....keep em coming


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#142

Hunting the yellow
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17 July 2018 02:56 am

revisiting an old steam engine used to power a local sawmill in the 1880s

sadly since then parts have gone missing someone has taken the wheels and other bits off it and idiots have shot it up as well

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an older photo of it before 1970s spot the difference ( not my photo )
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#143

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17 July 2018 05:30 am

Such a shame people have no respect for items of historical significance!

Around 15 years ago a guy from gippsland posted online a location with pics of a very historical and reasonably intact WW2 aircraft that crashed
in the North East of Victoria, within 3 weeks the entire aircraft and site was totally stripped of all the remains.

People are like termites.

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#144

Hunting the yellow
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17 July 2018 07:39 pm

Swinging & digging wrote:

Such a shame people have no respect for items of historical significance!

Around 15 years ago a guy from gippsland posted online a location with pics of a very historical and reasonably intact WW2 aircraft that crashed
in the North East of Victoria, within 3 weeks the entire aircraft and site was totally stripped of all the remains.

People are like termites.

yep there was a large 20 head crusher up near lake Eldon that got knocked off in the 1980s the rumour is that they took a truck in there pulled it apart piece by piece and sold it to a buyer in the us for a small fortune. I think sometimes certain relics and mines should never be posted online as it just attracts the wrong people.

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#145

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17 July 2018 08:24 pm

Heaps of mining relics were stolen after big fires burnt through the High Country in 2003 i think it was.
A few years later when fires were near Gaffney,s Creek i heard the Police set up a road lock and searched
4WDs for a significant number of stolen items from heritage listed sites.

Termites at it again.

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#146

Hunting the yellow
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17 July 2018 10:18 pm

Swinging & digging wrote:

Heaps of mining relics were stolen after big fires burnt through the High Country in 2003 i think it was.
A few years later when fires were near Gaffney,s Creek i heard the Police set up a road lock and searched
4WDs for a significant number of stolen items from heritage listed sites.

Termites at it again.

I think leaches is better : ) termites eat wood leaches suck the life out of you haha


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