- A description of one mining method
Miner Edward Snell’s illustrated diary offers a detailed picture of life on the diggings. He describes everything from cooking damper to the intricacies of mining methods.
This entry from his diary was written at Mount Alexander.
- Published Source
- Snell, Edward, The life and adventures of Edward Snell, Tom Griffiths (ed), Angus & Robertson and the Library Council of Victoria, Melbourne, 1988. Details
TranscriptWe sunk about 10 feet through yellow clay … till we came to the slate … we observed the slate had a ‘dip’ in one direction and dug out a tunnel till we came to the bottom of the dip, expecting to find a lot of ‘Nuggets’ in the pocket, but were disappointed. All the earth which we judged likely to contain gold we carted down to the water hole … The earth was then passed through a cradle, one person pouring in water constantly … This … requires great care and some skill or the gold is liable to be washed away with the earth.
Created: 24 August 2006