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Post  Hoffs Gold on Fri May 06, 2011 11:02 pm

When you think of gold in the west of Vic I guess people would think of Ararat or Stawell!
I live in Orange NSW now, but I grew up in a small town called Balmoral just west of the Grampians and was just wondering if any finds had been recorded over that far west?
I believe a large amount of the Chinese that walked over from the Adelaide docks to discover the Ararat gold fields walked through my old town but not sure if they found much!
But given how massive the rush was to the Vic goldfields maybe they didn’t bother stopping for a look what are peoples thoughts?
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Post  Guest on Sat May 07, 2011 12:21 am

hi hoff
there are a fair few digs around your old hometown and they extend right through to the glenisla occurance, (runs from henty hwy to rocklands) right across the north end of rocklands
there are shafts in some areas and surfacing in others, but i have not heard of any thing being found down there but the old timers must have been getting something as there is way too much work just for prospecting. i suspect that it is a fine gold area

i have tried a bit of panning at one spot and a friend has tried detecting a few spots but nothing found as yet.

so yes there is a known gold occurance and old time digs, but can't help you with known finds

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Post  Hoffs Gold on Sat May 07, 2011 1:34 am

Thanks' fencejumper

That’s' some good info, where are you from to work that area mate?
I mite get a yarn going around the old boy's in the Western Hotel next time I’m in town see what they come up with after a few beers,
I could be out looking for wheat bag size nuggets before I know it lol!
I remember being told when I was a kid about gold been found up Fetherstonhaugh Rd in between Coleraine and Casterton, It was one of my earliest memories and it always stuck
cos for the next few years playing junior footy in Casterton every time I saw that 3 foot long sign with Fetherstonhaugh Rd on it I told all my mates dad told me there’s gold down there hahaha.


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Post  hotrock on Sat May 07, 2011 3:32 pm

l think the last gold rush in Victoria was at a place called Mafeking in the Grampians . l think there were 10,000 gold prospectors living there in 1901, anyone been metal detecting there or is it national park and not allowed?

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Post  Guest on Sat May 07, 2011 5:42 pm

hotrock wrote:l think the last gold rush in Victoria was at a place called Mafeking in the Grampians . l think there were 10,000 gold prospectors living there in 1901, anyone been metal detecting there or is it national park and not allowed?

hi mate
mafeking is in a national park (grampians), no detecting or panning there

there is also some old time stuff further south at mt william (still national park)

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Post  GoldstalkerGPX on Sat May 07, 2011 5:55 pm


G'day Hoff, Your question has been answered, but since you were originally from there thought I would share some info, not that I know much about it but there is some drilling going on down there atm for gold deposits, not sure of the company or the depths but I hear that a gold mine may start down that way as they are getting good results.
Also to the south of the gold fields there are some old gem diggings aswell.

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Post  Hoffs Gold on Wed May 11, 2011 11:52 am

Sweet thanks fencejumper and hotrock for the info, it would be nice if they did open a gold mine down that way, could give me a chance to change jobs closer to my old stomping ground.
I'll look in to it thanks.
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