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Jubilee Mine

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Jubilee Road, Staffordshire Reef VIC 3351

Features

  • Historic mine site
  • Extensive ruins
  • Walking track
  • Detailed information signs
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilet
The extensive ruins of the Jubilee Company Quartz Gold Mine are a fascinating place to explore. This significant site is nestled away within the beautiful forest of the Jubilee Historic Area, just half an hour from Ballarat.

A fantastic self-guided walk takes you around the site of the Jubilee Company Quartz Gold Mine. Features you will discover along the walk include battery foundations, engine beds, a water race, old mine shafts, surface workings, cyanide plant, tailings, old house sites and more. Illustrated signposts provide lots of information along the way.

Multiple picnic tables are located alongside the parking area, as well as a toilet and an info sign. The walking track begins from the information sign. 

The Victorian Heritage Database provides the following text regarding the Jubilee Company Quartz Gold Mine:

"Jubilee Company Quartz Gold Mine has one of the most comprehensive range of quartz mining foundations in the State. The brick and concrete foundations cover pumping, winding and crushing operations, as well as cyaniding of mine tailings. The machinery foundations are the remnants of large scale quartz mining operations carried on at the site between 1899 to 1912. During this time the mine produced over 125,000 ounces of gold and was the district's most important gold mine."
Source: Victorian Heritage Database, Jubilee Company Quartz Gold Mine

Jubilee Walk
  • Circuit, 40 mins
  • Easy, slightly undulating track
  • Signposted, lots of information provided
Some other mine sites to explore in the Victorian Goldfields
An information sign at the Jubilee Mine picnic area displays all of the following text:

A PIECE OF OUR HISTORY

Within this now peaceful forest is a cultural collection which reflects the endeavour of human activity and occupation during the goldrush. The Jubilee Reserve contains one of the best collections of historic mining and associated features in Victoria.

Gold was first discovered in this area in the 1850s as shallow alluvial or surface deposits. By the late 1850s deep lead mining had begun where the gold was followed down the course of the old riverbeds into deeper workings. Reef mining in the district started in the late 1850s, but at this site a gold bearing quartz reef was first discovered in 1887 and "The Jubilee Quartz Mining Company" was formed. The mine commenced operations shortly thereafter and continued under various names until 1913 when shareholders closed the mine and sold the plant and equipment.

Mining in the area continued on a smaller scale after the First World War and during the depression years when work was hard to find. These were only small claims and often reworked areas looking for gold left in the early rush. Take some time to discover foundations, structures, dwellings, gold treatment plants and water races used in the quest for gold. The area around you is rich in the many facets of mining history. 

JUBILEE WALK

Plaques along the way give information on the various mining activities carried out in one of Victoria's most successful quartz reef  mines. The Jubilee walk starting and finishing here, takes you on a journey of discovery, through the regrown forest where you can see and relive an era gone by. The track is slightly undulating and is an easy walk for the more able. At a leisurely pace, it will take around forty minutes. Use the arrows to guide you and please keep to the track to protect vegetation, relics and also yourself from mine shafts in the area. 

HELP US CARE FOR YOUR PARK
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Stay on walking tracks and roads for your own safety
  • Only light fires in the fireplace provided
  • Fires including portable BBQs are illegal on Total Fire Ban days
  • Remember that all native plants and animals are protected
  • All artefacts are protected and must not be disturbed or removed
  • Fossicking is not permitted
MORE INFORMATION

For more information on this site and other places of interest in the Golden Plains Shire, please visit www.parks.vic.gov.au or www.goldenplains.vic.gov.au. Alternatively visit the Woady Yaloak Historical Society at www.woadyyaloakhistoricalsociety.org.au



DID YOU KNOW...

  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • Evidence of the mid-late 1800's gold rush can be found throughout the Victorian goldfields in the form of abandoned mine shafts and tunnels, mullock heaps, buildings and ruins, circular puddling troughs, remains of cyanide vats, and quartz kilns.
 

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