Moina: Bell Mount and Middlesex goldfields

Discovery The mineral potential of the Moina area was known since at least 1858, when James ‘Philosopher’ Smith prospected alluvial gold in the Forth River near Lorinna, underneath modern Lake Cethana. Prospecting began in earnest in 1889, with a find of payable alluvial gold at the head of a gully draining into the Dove River,… Continue reading

Gold in Cygnet and Southern Tasmania

Most Tasmanian gold is found in either the northeast or the western part of the State. Gold in southern Tasmania is more elusive and harder to find than in the north-east and west of the State. The Cygnet goldfield was the main occurrence, but there were minor finds in other locations as well elsewhere in the Huon Valley.

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The Ring River Goldfield

The Rosebery – Zeehan – Dundas area is renowned mainly for its silver-lead, zinc and tin deposits. However, some decent finds of gold were also made. The main gold workings in this part of the west coast were in the Ring River area and Melba Flats. Both of these produced some sizeable nuggets in their day. The Ring River goldfield was home to one of Tasmania’s gold rushes, in 1891.

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Osmiridium in Tasmania

Did you know that, in the first half of the 20th Century, if you owned a fountain pen, you most likely wrote using a tiny little piece of Tasmania? Fountain pen tips were made of gold, but gold and its alloys are too soft to write with: the tip or nib wears too quickly and would be too expensive to replace. Osmiridium was the answer.

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