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These reefs had shed the gold that had made Bendigo probably the richest
shallow alluvial field in Australia and possibly in the world. But for all the gold that
had eroded from the reefs during millions of years, even more gold lay trapped in
One Saturday in November 1871 Bendigo's blackboards were white with
scribbled share quotes and bands played brass music in the streets and gold
cakes stood like synthetic nuggets in the banking chambers. The Melbourne
investors went ...
There was little water in the deep shafts to deter them and Bendigo's great
Cornish managers and miners mastered easily the problems of deep-sinking. On
the New Chum line of reef the shafts probed down 2,000 feet, often passing ten ...
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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