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Tuesday 23 July 1872, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser

(From the Armidale Express, July 30.)

We have conversed with a gentleman who with a companion a few days since visited the Gulf, where it is reported gold reefs exist. The distance appears to be between 70 and 80 miles N.E. of Armidale. He speaks of the locality of the reefs as being rough and precipitous almost beyond conception. He says if the reefs are to be worked he scarcely knows, from their peculiar situation, how it is to be done. But we think from his descriptions the best mode would be to tunnel into them and work them upwards. Any machinery brought to the ground would have to be erected in the gullies and hence tunnelling naturally suggests itself as the mode by which the reefs could most conveniently be worked. Our informant states that the prospecting party with Mr. Scholes is engaged in sinking a shaft in order to do something practical as well as make an inspection, the two Armidale gentleman before leaving the ground marked out a claim for themselves and a few of their friends whom they thought would appreciate the attention. Up to the present time no sufficient examination of the reef is said to have been made whether they will yield payable gold or not, but the faith in the former appears pretty strong.

Yesterday we saw a specimen of quartz stated to have come from a reef at Oakwood or the Gulf. It is of a remarkably dark colour, apparently from the mixture of blue-black slate with the quartz, and is exceedingly rich in rather fine gold. Seven additional leases at the Gulf have been applied for this week. A person interested in a lease there informs us that the quartz when burned is very easily crushed, and that every piece of stone he broke on. the ground under a reef contained more or less gold. He does not apprehend much difficulty about getting a good site for a crushing machine, and believes that one could be driven by water power. With quartz so easily crushed, wooden stampers shod with iron might be useful until the best machinery can be procured. It will be remembered that much nuggety gold was got at the Gulf some years ago, one piece being over six ozs.

We reported last week that the prospectors at the shaft west of Dangar-street, Armidale, were preparing to crush a quantity of quartz which they obtained from the reef at a depth of some 40 feet. This, we understand, was done, but we are sorry to have to state with no satisfactory result. They consider they have given the ground a fair trial, and have therefore abandoned it as not likely to repay them for any further labour.

The prospectors on the north side of Armidale are still prosecuting their work, and we believe intend to employ additional labour if they can obtain the skilled kind that will suit them. We are glad that the other party’s failure has not deterred this one.

On Saturday morning our attention was drawn to several bags of tin ore in two drays which had been brought into town from the claim of Messrs. Moore & Speare, at Tent Hill. Shortly afterwards it was removed from the drays, and weighed in one of Messrs. Richardson & Co.’s back stores. The weight of the whole was 4112 lbs, and the single weight of some of the bags which we had the curiosity to lift was astonishing. Mr Moore had made arrangements to forward the ore to Sydney as a consignment to Messrs. Dangar, Gedye, & Co. We have heard it reported that Messrs. Moore Speare, & Co.’s block of 400 acres is amongst the richest claims at Tent Hill, and commands an excellent supply of water.

On Tuesday morning we were shown a nice bright stick of tin, which we were informed had been smelted from five ozs. of ore obtained at Kangaroo Hills. As a tin bearing locality we have heard very contradictory statements of this, still we are inclined to believe that payable tracts have been discovered. As additional prospectors have gone thither in the present week, we may expect soon to have a reliable report of the district.

MINING AT INVERELL. – Mr. T. J. Walsh reports a great improvement in mining business during the past week. The New Banca changed hands at £22o0. The Albion is reported to have been sold for £2750. One seventh share in the Band of Hope Bold for £425, without ore raised ; and an equal interest in same company, with ore, £500. Applications for mineral leases, which were but few last week from this district, have again come in large numbers this week, chiefly from lower Cope’s Creek, Emu Vale, and Sandy Creek. The reports from leaseholders on the latter creek have improved very much since active working operations have been commenced. Very encouraging reports are being daily brought into town from private companies on Long Reach run. A gentleman connected with this district, but who is at present in Sydney, forwarded us the following information by telegraph last night:- “Large quantity of tin country offering, have sold forty acres on Middle Creek for four hundred pounds. Formed a new company for Rix’s Middle Creek ground.” – Inverell Courier, July 17.

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July 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

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