The days when gold was the only show playing at the NSW mining theatre were well and truly gone by 1879. Yes it still stood as the feature act on the new Mining Department’s annual report, but other mineral and energy ventures were also very much focus of operational interests.
As the introduction to the report noted …”The efforts made during the past year to collate and disseminate full and correct information respecting new discoveries, as well as to furnish reliable information concerning mineral lands available for occupation for mining purposes, have been persistent, both in the head office and in the offices throughout the country.
“The reports from all mining sectors are on the whole gratifying … and on most of the gold-fields, as well as on the tin-fields, there was a marked improvement towards the end of the year.”
Left: Mines Department Annual Report 1879. Image and content presented here from this report reproduced courtesy of NSW Trade & Resources, Minerals & Energy