Broad Arrow Hack Club MemorialAugust 22, 2019
The things you find in the bush. Auralia Director Steve (pictured) stumbled across this memorial to the Broad Arrow Hack Club while carrying out some site reconnaissance recently.
A joint venture between Norton Gold Fields and the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society, it was quite intriguing and worth the slight detour to venture about and have a read of all the place markers.
Leonora Stamp BatteryAugust 20, 2019
Auralia MD Daniel has been busy with some local site works out at Leonora this week and has sent in some shots of the old Leonora State Battery, first established in 1898. Consisting of two 5-stamp presses, one wood framed and the ‘newer’ one of metal, there’s talk of renovation on the horizon. Given its age and the relative scarcity of these batteries, it would be great to see the old girl restored to its former glory.
State Batteries in Western Australia were government owned and run ore-crushing facilities for the gold mining industry. Western Australia was the only Australian state to provide batteries to assist gold prospectors and small mines. They existed in almost all of the mineral fields of Western Australia. State Batteries were gold batteries where ore was crushed to separate gold ore. Stamp mills were gauged by the number of heads they had in operation for the crushing of ore (Source: Wikipedia)
Digging in the WA GoldfieldsAugust 14, 2019
Auralia Directors Daniel and Steve recently backed up their attendance at Diggers and Dealers 2019 with some good old-fashioned field work in the northern goldfields of Western Australia. While there was plenty of dealing at the conference, the real digging was carried out in the field!
Diggers and Dealers 2019July 31, 2019
Auralia will be in attendance once again for the 10th year straight. If you see Directors Steve or Daniel floating around please say hello!