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At times the track to port became the busiest upcountry road in Australia, for all
ore from Burra had to be carted ninety miles to Adelaide and shipped across the
world to Welsh smelters. Transport was a nightmare for the Burra company.
They built mills and smelters and offices on the hanging wall of the lode, and
masons built beautiful walls and foundations of dark local stone and thought they
would last forever. But the creep of the ore affected the strong overhanging rock ...
They owned no smelting works, so they had to sell their lead concentrate to
German or Australian smelters at low prices. Why not buy a smelter to produce
bullion from the concentrate of the friendly mines? Large smelting works at Dapto
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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