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Gold dredging in New South Wales

Clift, D. S. L.1975
Subject: This publication is the result of compilation from all references contained in the published and unpublished library systems of the Geological Survey of New South Wales, Department of Mines. Gold dredging in New South Wales has been confined to the eastern half of the State and has concentrated principally on the Macquarie, Shoalhaven, Turon, Cudgegong, and Mongarlowe Rivers, and on Adelong, Araluen, and Jembaicumbene Creeks. The richest areas in the State were Adelong and Araluen Creeks and the Macquarie River. Active dredging was carried out in New South Wales from 1899 to 1958. This book looks at each of these districts individually, highlighting their history of gold dredging operations, and the processes and equipment used. Detailed maps and production statistics are included.
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New South Wales : Dept. of Mines, Geological Survey of New South Wales, [1975]
xiv, 148 p., [6] leaves of plates (2 fold.) : ill. ; 25 cm.
Gold dredging was introduced into New South Wales in 1899, on the Macquarie River near Stuart Town with a dredge owned by a Mr Garland.Large areas of rivers and streams werer taken up for dredging gold and tin, the principal rivers being the Clarence and the Macquarie.The construction of dredges pushed on vigourously and dredging continued until 1958. During that time, many old alluvial mining fields were rejuvenated and much virgin ground treated. The industry added very considerably to the material wealth of the State by the increased gold yield, and gave a large amount of remunerative employment to many people such as dredge operators, mechanics, and other engaged in manufacturing and reparing the machinery. After World War II, from 1946 to 1958, gold obtained from dredging made up a larg proportion of the total gold produced in New South Wales. From 1953 to 1955 dredged gold amounted to more than half of the State's total gold production (Introduction, pp.1, 5).Includes index.Bibliography: p. 132-133.
Summary -- Introduction -- Dredge construction and terminology -- Southern District -- Tumut and Adelong District -- Tambaroora-Turon and Mudgee Districts -- Lachlan and Bathurst districts -- Peel and Uralla District -- Clarence and Richmond, New England, and North Coast districts -- Conclusions -- Selected bibliography -- Appendix 1 -- Appendix 2 -- Index.
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