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The Bird in Hand Mine
Title : The Bird in Hand Mine The Bird in Hand Mine
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Source : B 6256
Date of creation : ca. 1885
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 148 x 90 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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The Bird in Hand Mine, Woodside.

According to the Maximus Bird-in-Hand Gold Prospect study, the historic Bird-in-Hand mine is said to have yielded some 22,600 tonnes at an average grade of 12.65 g/t Au (approximately 9,200 ounces) in the 1880s. In the 1930s, underground investigations by the South Australian Department of Mines demonstrated that significant high-grade gold mineralisation remained in the lower levels of the 128 metre deep mine.

Coverage year : ca.1885
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Woodside
Region : Mt Lofty Ranges and Eastern Plain
Further reading :

Annear, Robyn Nothing but Gold Melbourne : Text Publishing, 1999

Austin, JB The mines of South Australia : including also an account of the smelting works in that colony, together with a brief description of the country and incidents of travel in the bush Adelaide 1863

Blake, LJ Gold escort Melbourne : Hawthorn Press, 1971

Chilman, JK Silver and a trace of gold: a history of the Aclare mine Adelaide: South Australian Dept. of Mines and Energy, 1982.

Flett, J A pictorial history of the Victorian goldfields [Adelaide] : Rigby, [1977]

Gold escort re-enactment Adelaide : S.A. Police, Commonwealth Bank, 1986

Hocking, G Gold: a pictorial history of the Australian gold rush, Rowville, Vic: Five Mile Press, 2006, c2000

Kwan, Elizabeth. Living in South Australia: a social history, Netley, S. Aust.: South Australian Government Printer, 1987

Stone, DI Life on the Australian goldfields Carlton, Vic. ; [Sydney] : Methuen of Australia, [1976]


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