A Record of the Mines of South Australia (Classic Reprint)

A Record of the Mines of South Australia (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from A Record of the Mines of South Australia A number of the mines have been visited by me, but for the most part I have had to rely upon the reports kindly supplied to me by gentlemen con useted with mining operations. It is obvious that to have visited every mine would have been, if not an impossible, at least a useless task; for unless a mine is in working order there are no means whereby the shafts can be descended. And even supposing that difficulty to be overcome, the accumulation Of water in the workings would present a decided barrier to proper examination. Great difficulty has been experienced in collecting information respecting abandoned mines but for many of these I have drawn upon the information contained in Mr. J. B. Austin's pamphlet on The Mines of South Australia, published in 1863, and Professor Ulrich's report on The Mineral Resources north of Port Augusta, published in 1872. It will be noticed that some of the better known mines are but meagrely described. This is owing to the fact that the proprietors or managers have not responded to the request made for information, and in many cases it has been possible only to mention the name and locality of the mine. South Australia has no department of mines such as obtains in Victoria, but the establishment of one would be of great service both to miners and the general public. It may be said that our mineral resources are not sufficiently developed to warrant a separate department being established. But that is not the case. In copper we have done largely, and our territory contains valuable ores and minerals hitherto untouched. The outlook for the copper industry is at present dark and unpromising, nor does there appear to be much prospect of improvement unless some industry, in which copper will be largely used, is initiated. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 136g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243078889
  • 9780243078882