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Whim Platform alongside Timor Creek

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Smalls Road, Bowenvale VIC 3465

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  • Remains of a whim platform
The vague remaining outline of a whim platform can be found on the far end of the Timor Streamside Reserve. This flat, circular platform once supported a horse-powered mining whim. Remains of shafts, mullock heaps and a dam are also located in this small, lightly treed area. 

A whim is a device used to haul ore up a mine shaft, similar in concept to the man-powered windlass and the horse-powered whip, but more complex and capable of lifting more efficiently and from deeper shafts. A rope is wound around a vertically mounted wooden drum, with both ends passed over pulleys and then run down the shaft. A horse is harnessed to the device and led around a circular track, winding the drum, which will lower one end of the rope (carrying an empty bucket down the shaft) while raising the other (carrying a full load up). 

Horse-powered whim working at Tribute Duke Mine. Source: State Library Victoria



  • 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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