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    Dredging, by Robert Kaufman

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    London Chartered Bank of Australia, Dunolly, c. 1861, by Charles Dicker (photographer), 1825-1886, courtesy of State Library of Victoria.


Dredging was a large-scale means of extracting gold from extensive river-flat deposits. Dredges were like huge floating factories. Operating in a pond, they excavated the gravels in front of them, processed the gravels on-board, and dumped the treated material behind.

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