Alexandra Times at KellyGang 27/9/1873 (2)
The New Gobur Company has succeeded thus far in obtaining splendid returns from main drives only, and in the course of a short time will commence blocking out, when the company anticipates magnificent returns. The next company south and adjoining the New Gobur is the Triumph, south and adjoining which is the Victory, with several large leases in course of forming companies for the purpose of working the flat for miles down. The very fortunate proprietor of the Victory has so far succeeded in proving the gutter to be nearly 300 feet wide, and there can be little doubt that the confluence of several great tributaries occurs in this company's ground.
As much as 14oz. to the machine has been washed from No. 1 shaft in this claim four years ago. But through the very inferior and inefficient appliances used for working the ground at the time, the company, after putting in several hundred feet of drives, collapsed for want of capital; and as Gobur, through the actions of unprincipled adventurers, had acquired an unenviable, but unmerited, reputation in the mining world, this valuable mine has lain unworked, after several thousands of pounds had been expended in prospecting the flat and defining the deep ground. It is a pity with so much spare capital mouldering in the coffers of the colony, that such a lead as that of Gobur should for one single day want the confidence of those gentlemen who are ever ready to invest in what they consider a bona fide speculation. And I feel sure that it will require but a very short time to establish that confidence in these mines which they are so justly entitled to.
Too much praise cannot be accorded to those gentlemen through whose indomitable energy f now life has been infused, and I trust permanent vitality given to the mining prosperity of the place. In all ages men have been commended for meritorious actions. The gladiators of old brought down. the appreciative peals of thousands who shook the very pillars of the temple, for feats certainly not less during, but as certainly less conducive to the general welfare of mankind than have been the strenuous efforts of a few gentlemen to advance the welfare of Gobur. The lead itself appears to be a vast chasm bounded on the west by the Black Range, whose majestic peaks raise in sublime grandeur far above the surrounding country, and at intervals vast tributaries empty themselves into the course of the lead, as it winds its way to the Goulburn. In fact the general conformation of the surrounding country would lead the experienced miner butt to one conclusion, that it abounds in metallic and mineral wealth.
As a proof of the very negligent manner in which some of the former companies have been worked, I have only to mention that co operative companies are now sinking on the blocks left by them, and are willing to receive for their remuneration "the crumbs that fall from the rich man's table;" and I venture to predict that are long the profound depths of the Gobur lead will be explored, and the cachet that has hitherto held in its iron grasp the auriferous deposits of long past ages will be broken into, and its contents brought to the upper world, for the purpose of adding to the already possessed wealth of the empire homes of future generations. Who shall say that Gobur will not yet soar exultant on golden pinions far above its mining compeers, and rain forth from its cornucopia the mantled treasures therein contained!
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