Trying to find out about an old reef worked in 1880 in Heathcote, Victoria

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Trying to find out about an old reef worked in 1880 in Heathcote, Victoria

Post  jmp333 on Sun Jul 18, 2010 12:03 pm

I am trying to find details out of curiosity on an old gold reef at Heathcote formerly called McIvor Diggings worked in 1878. It is on modern day geology maps as as a Reef still and has a current exploration licence out on it by Nagambie mining who have recently dug costeans near it but found nothing so the costeans have been refilled.This area was previously worked on paper only by mining companies called Sons of Gwalia, New Holland. In the 1980's as my hobby farm land abuts this area i had five companies register an interest in my land to suck dollars off investors, which they were successful at.The mine apparently was worked on and off and last operator with a licence who actually worked it was a James Dredge in early 1980's. So here we have a mine operating on and off for over 100 years. Took the trip into DPI at 1 Spring Street, Melbourne and duly put $8 in gold into the coin meter for two hours as thought would need a bit of time, the council got gold that day without much effort. On entering level 16 (DPI library room) the two burly security guys playing some game on a computer referrred me to the sweet young girl at the desk. We then went to the other part of the office with 6 or so computers and the program she used looked identical to what I had used at home on their website GeoVic. She came up with nothing on the reef. I told her that the National Library in Swanston St, had newspaper articles on the mine finds which are also on the internet for home users from newspapers from the day.She then informed me that she was new at this job. Question is surely they must have something on it, where else can I look as their were old books adorning the bookcases nearby. Anyone got any ideas or contacts within the department who might have the runs on the board to know where to look. John

jmp333
Seasoned Contributor
Seasoned Contributor

Number of posts : 174
Registration date : 2008-11-10

Back to top Go down

Re: Trying to find out about an old reef worked in 1880 in Heathcote, Victoria

Post  gollstar on Sun Jul 18, 2010 12:52 pm

Have a look through this you can use the full reader search, i put in McIvor and got many hits but nothing came up for holland or sons of gwaila but the reefs somtimes change names as the reef changes owenership, there is a lot of reference to mcIvor diggings etc its 89 pages so if you havent found it yet it will make good reading.

http://www.heritage.vic.gov.au/admin/file/content2/c7/HeathcoteRegion1.pdf
avatar
gollstar
Contributor Plus
Contributor Plus

Number of posts : 696
Registration date : 2009-04-15

Back to top Go down

Re: Trying to find out about an old reef worked in 1880 in Heathcote, Victoria

Post  Wombat on Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:17 pm

John also try The History of Gold Discovery in Victoria by James Flett. there is a bit of info about Heathcote there. Every bit helps to fill in a puzzle.
Wombat
avatar
Wombat
Contributor Plus
Contributor Plus

Number of posts : 4223
Age : 71
Registration date : 2009-01-30

Back to top Go down

Heathcote mine

Post  jmp333 on Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:49 am

Thanks to you Wombat, gollstar for your input, both have no mention of this mine but very interesting reading all the same of the general area.
regards
John

jmp333
Seasoned Contributor
Seasoned Contributor

Number of posts : 174
Registration date : 2008-11-10

Back to top Go down

Re: Trying to find out about an old reef worked in 1880 in Heathcote, Victoria

Post  Guest on Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:20 am

John,

Email this bloke at the Mining Warden's office. I've found him very helpful

Ivan.Austin@dpi.vic.gov.au

Good luck

Robert

Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

Heathcote gold mine

Post  jmp333 on Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:53 am

Thanks a lot Goldnomad, I will give him a try. I will let you know how I go.
Best regards
John

jmp333
Seasoned Contributor
Seasoned Contributor

Number of posts : 174
Registration date : 2008-11-10

Back to top Go down

Re: Trying to find out about an old reef worked in 1880 in Heathcote, Victoria

Post  reg on Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:45 pm

gooday jmp333

try this link, try and use the gold word, i put in mcivor gold diggings in the search box there is some interesting reading there. hope this helps.


http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home



cheers.. reg
avatar
reg
Contributor Plus
Contributor Plus

Number of posts : 226
Registration date : 2009-03-28

Back to top Go down

Heathcote gold mine

Post  jmp333 on Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:40 pm

Thanks Reg, I should have mentioned been down that track, the mine at Heathcote was mentioned in the Brisbane Courier in 1890 as getting 63.5 ounces of gold from eleven tons of stone. That newspaper source is great and I went to the State Library in Swanston Street Melbourne and looked at the article on microfiche and got copies. Was interesting reading the newspaper as nothing has changed in 120 years, politics,mortgagee auctions,crime, shares going up or down. For it to reach Queensland I thought the Victoria Mines Dept would have knowledge of the mine.
John

jmp333
Seasoned Contributor
Seasoned Contributor

Number of posts : 174
Registration date : 2008-11-10

Back to top Go down

Re: Trying to find out about an old reef worked in 1880 in Heathcote, Victoria

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum