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Monday 21 September 1891, The Argus (Melbourne)


The first cleaning up of the Earl of Hopetoun Company resulted in 495oz. of smelted gold from 395 tons. This is considered an excellent yield, as a large proportion of very poor grade stone and mullock were put through to coat the plates. The concentrates from the 3 Frue vanners also carry a large percentage of gold, which will materially increase the average. Stoping has now been commenced in the No. 1 and No. 2 tunnels, and some splendid stone is coming to hand. The lower level, now 100ft. past the slide, is carrying very coarse gold. The trial crushing of 15 tons from the new reef at the Eleanora gave a return of 1oz. 16dwt. per ton. The reef is 4ft. wide, and as the discovery was made at a depth of 300ft. it is very important. At the Sunlight the richest stone yet found has just been met with in the lowest level driving west. This drive has been extended 440ft., and now shows the reef to be 4ft. wide, carrying very coarse gold. The West Sunlight shaft is down 50ft., and continues to carry stone of splendid quality. About 2ft. of the richest portion of the reef is being left standing. The No. 1 tunnel in the Sunlight has been driven to the West Sunlight boundary, leaving 5ft. of highly payable stone in the face. A general improvement is noticeable in several of the mines in the district.

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