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Mining in Orange District before 1851

By October 23, 2008No Comments

The second in the Orange and District Historical Society's new Mining History Series will be held at the Gladstone Hotel on Tuesday 28th October at 7 for 7.30 PM.

Derek Dolstra will speak on the subject of “Mining in the Orange district before the official discovery of gold at Ophir in 1851 ”

Derek has an intimate knowledge of the geology and history of the Central West. He will paint a picture of the extent of geological knowlege at the time and the immense value to the colony of locally produced metals.Gold was unofficially discovered in several places but the information supressed. Copper was mined at amongst other places Copper Hill Molong, Lipscombe Pool Canowindra ,Coombing Park Mandurama and at the Carangara mine at Byng (the “Cornish settlement”).
Derek has retired after a long career as Geologist with the NSW Geological Survey.

This is certain to be a fascinating talk.

For further information contact the ODHS President Phil Stevenson on 0402 412 188