GOLDEN PAST

WORDS & PHOTOS KEV SMITH

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Back in its heyday of the 1800s gold was found, the rush was on and fortunes were lost and found. Today, the town is alive with tourists and a few old prospectors still scratching around in the valley. Gold was first found just outside town at Hanging Rock, where today you can visit a host of mine sites - some are just pits in the ground - where you can freely walk in. The ground in the Hanging Rock area is solid rock and there’s not much dirt to actually dig through, showing just how tough it would have been for the old timers; combine this with a lack of water, bitter winters and stifling hot summers.

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