Australia 2015. Members of the Halls Gap 1st Eleven just checking out the pitch to see if play is still possible. You’ve got to love Australia. Not sure of the species but suspect it’s the very common Eastern Grey
🆕 Gold Mining New Zealand 1800s Gold Nugget Prospecting
I’ve lived in New Zealand most of my life. I also lived in Western Australia for 29 years. Always fascinated by gold mining, I now live within 5 kilometres of an historic gold mining area that blossomed in the 1880s. Here’s a picture of the old gold mining town of Waiorongomai, back in about 1883:
Isn’t it amazing?
Some of these old buildings were transported 5 miles back to nearby Te Aroha, and are still standing today!
The gold in the Waiorongomai Valley was deep, volcanic gold locked up in quartz seams in hard volcanic rocks that had once flowed as molten lava.
Most of the mining companies went bankrupt because the process of extracting the gold was simply too difficult for them. So, a lot of gold remains in them thar hills, about 600M down and still in the original quartz seams.
I took a two hour uphill trek and came across miles of old railway networks in the hills, steep inclines (Butlers Incline, and the MayQueen Incline), where railway trucks packed with ore were lowered carefully down steep slopes or inclines of about 25 degrees.
Kalgoorlie is still a gold mining town on the edge of the desert in Western Australia. A lot of folks take a metal detector and go out into the hot, dry, sandy desert to find gold nuggets there. Large gold mining companies still operate a huge open cut mine at Kalgoorlie. Finds of gold there is down to about 1 gram of gold per tonne of soil or ore.