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Water and Gold: Interpreting the Landscape of Creswick Creek By Peter Davies et al.
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Water was vital to every aspect of gold mining in colonial Victoria but in many places it was often in short supply. Miners responded by building lengthy races and storage dams to capture and divert... More > water from where it was available to where it was needed. Gold miners became water merchants, buying and trading large volumes of water to exploit their mining claims. Alluvial miners at Creswick actively manipulated local water supplies. Beginning in the 1850s, they built several hundred kilometres of races and dozens of dams. Much of the infrastructure they created remains well preserved in the forests around Creswick today. The activities of Charles and Benjamin Eaton, George and William Russell, John Roycraft, the Humbug Hill Sluicing Company and numerous other parties are described in this volume, along with many other aspects of water harvesting and alluvial gold mining. This book provides a timely and important contribution to the story of water and gold in colonial Australia.< Less
Historical Archaeology of Water Management at Beechworth By Peter Davies et al.
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This book describes the landscapes of water management created by gold miners on the Ovens goldfield at Beechworth in Victoria. By the late 1860s there were more than 70 separate water races in the... More > hills around Beechworth, Stanley, Baarmutha and Yackandandah, with a total length of 160 miles. Archaeological remains, historical maps, LiDAR and GIS have been used here to untangle the complex water systems built by gold miners on the Ovens goldfield.< Less
The Loddon Company By Peter Davies et al.
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The River Loddon and Tributaries Water Supply Company race system was one of the longest running privately operated mining water supply networks in Victoria. Construction of the race began in the... More > late 1860s under the direction of Edward Wardle and Mark Amos, and it was soon taken over by the River Loddon and Tributaries Water Supply Company. The race system continued under various guises until it was finally decommissioned in the early 1960s, representing almost a century of operation. The race network is also significant for its association with the Coliban System of Waterworks. In this volume we present the results of archaeological and historical research into the Loddon Company’s water system. The network includes the well preserved remains of inverted siphons from the 1930s, along with dams, tunnels and cuttings. The site and its landscape setting tell us much about the crucial role of water supply in gold mining, the cultural history of mining and the role of gold seekers as water engineers.< Less

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