Lancashire Lead

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Importance of Lancashire Lead

Lancashire Lead was one of the great gold mines of Chiltern. It was discovered in about 1860. There were many breaks in the main seem and the miners spent a lot of time chasing the gold.

What was Lancashire Lead like in the late 1870s

In 1864 prospectors found the Lower Lancashire Lead near where the load was lost. The sinking runs from seventy to ninety feet, and the prospect was half a pennyweight to the dish, a much better yield having, how- ever, been since obtained, together with a large quantity of black sand.

In 1879 the Long Reef, Lancashire Lead, had a trial crushing of five tons of quartz raised by two men in one week, which yeilded 16dwt. per ton. The stuft could be easily obtained.



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What happened at Lancashire Lead after the time of the Kelly Gang

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