River through Adelong
River through Adelong is a beautiful full colour photograph presented by Josephine Caruana of Jo. C. Photography.
This photo by Josephine Caruana was taken at Adelong. The Adelong Gold Rush began in 1852 with the discovery of alluvial gold at upper Adelong. The Adelong gold field was declared in 1855 and reef gold was discovered in 1857 in the hills above Adelong .The Reef ore was processed in the ore crushing mills along the creek. The biggest and most important of these mills was the Reefer ore crushing machine built by Scotsmen William Wilson and William Ritchie, which remains for all visitors to view from the platform or wander through to interpret how reef ore was processed.
This mill processed ore from miners from Adelong and the wider district and ceased operation in 1915. Records indicate 5 tonnes of gold were sent to the Sydney mint from the Reefer ore crushing mill and a total of 25 tonnes was the estimate of gold extracted in the Adelong area. An additional 26 tonnes was recorded from the Gibraltar operation further down the creek at Grahamstown where there was reef mining, dredging and sluicing with power supplied by the ‘mighty” Adelong creek.
Batlow's gold rush began in 1854 when prospectors converged on Reedy Creek. As the population grew so did the demand for fresh produce. This led to establishment of many orchards and farms. Within a few years, fruit became a major industry, and in 1923 the first cool stores in New South Wales were constructed at Batlow.
Further afield, Kiandra was also the site of a gold rush. Although today, the town no longer exists, walking one of the historic trails conjures images of how life must have been in such a remote location almost two hundred years ago. There are remains of the gold mining days scattered throughout the landscape.
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