With all eyes on the Hawkins Hill fields, the section of the report which deals with that and the adjoining fields was doubtless eagerly read by many in 1875.
Warden Sharpe from Hill End did not disappoint and his account makes for concise and invaluable reading.
“Hawkins’ Hill – to which the mining world seem to look as the beacon which must be 1ighted up before we can have brighter days – does not appear to be in a prosperous condition.
“Yery few of these mines are paying more than working expenses at the present time, and what is wanted, in the opinion of practical miners, is “amalgamation,” in order that this hill, from which marvellous quantities of gold have been won, may be thoroughly proved.
“The areas of most of the leases, which have been very productive, are small, and have been worked, comparatively speaking, to very shallow depths, but to such depths the mines appear to be exhausted, and as each company’s parcel of land is very small it is not worth while, on account of expense (sinking, it must be remembered, in this locality, costs about £10 a foot), to follow the veins down to a great depth, where possibly a second run of gold would be discovered.”