The Goldfields of Victoria in 1862

The Goldfields of Victoria in 1862

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...requiring the attention of one man only to the sixty stamps, and is reduced sufficiently fine to pass through wire gratings at the back and front of the stamp boxes having 120 holes to the square inch. A small quantity of quicksilver is put into each stamp-box twice a day. The crushed quartz is carriedthrough the gratings by the water into ripple-boxes containing mercury, extending from both sides of the battery, and thence along some twenty-four feet of blanketing. These blankets are washed every eight hours, in tanks which move upon wheels; and the material collected by this process is conveyed into revolving barrels, with half its weight of quicksilver, and sufficient hot water for proper amalgamation. The mine consists of the principal portion of the Black Hill, and contains about forty acres. Tunnels, nine feet _high by seven feet wide, have been made into the hill, at diflerent levels, amounting in length to about 2,500 feet. These tunnels are connected at several points with the open workings on the top of the hill by shafts, down which the quartz and mullock is shot, the quartz being conveyed to the mill by trucks on an iron railway, and the mullock carried to the waste heap. The average width of the quartz lode is about ninety feet, with numerous leaders running into it. The quantity of quartz crushed per week is about 1,000 tons, and the yield of gold for the three months preceding my visit was 2dwt. 18gr. per ton. When the crushing stuff is mainly soft casing, however, from to 1,700 tons per week can be put through. The 1,500 average cost per ton for mining is 4s., and for crushing 2s. 10d. The number of men employed is ninety, and of horses four. The miners receive 8s. per day, and the labourers 7s. 6d. Of firewood 150 tons...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236888502
  • 9781236888501