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Near Castlemaine in 1854 he asserted that the outcrops of white quartz were
richer in gold than the gravels, and if men would only help him he would prove
his theory. He gathered twenty-two men from Chile and Peru, Spain, France, Italy,
Most of the Clunes gold lay in the quartz rock, not in the alluvial gravels, and it
was as a quartz mine that the Port Phillip led Australia. The company imported
clever English engineers and invested money freely in new plant. It surmounted ...
Often Hardman counted nearly thirty quartz reefs in a mile. Hammering quartz to
powder with an axehead, he observed specks of gold. At night in his tent with rum
bottle and monocle, he wrote glowing reports of two thousand square miles of ...
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