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Where the old river flowed gently, dropping thirty or forty feet to the mile, the gold
was spread evenly through the gravel that rested on the hard rock. Where the
river had narrowed or curved, or crossed a bar of resisting rock, huge nuggets ...
The former government geologist, Alfred Selwyn, had once predicted that buried
rivers of gold lay beneath the golden wheat and basalt bedrock, and in 1872 a
golden river was found near Spring Hill. Loughlin and Bailey rode in their buggy
Paddle steamers tugged barges up the river with fencing wire, corrugated iron,
flour and sugar and all the provisions for the sheep stations. When the river dried
the steamers lay months in the mud and when the river flooded they sometimes ...
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The history of mining is central to Australian history, from the gold rushes of the 1860's which brought hundreds of thousand of immigrants, to the mountain ranges of iron ore and immense natural gas ... Read full review