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Gold Puddler on M114 Track

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M114 Track, Daisy Hill VIC 3465

Features

The remains of this gold puddler lie alongside the M114 Track, which loops away from Graves Track in Daisy Hill. The puddler is shallow but well defined and lies alongside a small dam. The area is surrounded by gold diggings and mullock heaps.

Gold puddlers are significant relics from the Victorian gold rush - gold prospecting is allowed in this area, however it is important that you do not disturb the puddler itself as it is an important historical feature which must be preserved.

Earth Resources offers the following concise description of a puddling machine:

Puddling machines were pioneered on the Victorian goldfields in 1854 as an affordable means of processing gold-bearing clay on a large scale.
A horse dragged a harrow repeatedly through a circular, barklined trough full of clay and water, 'puddling' the mixture into a thin sludge. Any gold freed from the lumpy clay would sink, remaining behind on the bottom of the trough after the watery sludge was drained off. A clean-up of the residue, using tin-dish or cradle, would bring the gold finally to light.

Photograph of a gold puddling machine used in Victorian gold mining.
Image source: Federation University Australia E.J. Barker Library (top floor) Mount Helen Victoria/span

This excellent representation of a gold puddling machine is displayed at the nearby Battery Dam site, alongside another puddler:


Another is displayed at the Forest Creek Historic Gold Diggings free tourist mine in Castlemaine:





 

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