Come 1884 and gold mining was once again in the doldrums. The optimism and promise that the new Temora fields had brought to the new decade was long gone – together with much of the new field’s gold.
Yet again – the ever present drought conditions “seriously retarded mining operations during the first half of the year, and almost entirely prevented any attempt at prospecting. Added to this, the discovery of silver lodes in various parts of the Colony drew away numbers of miners from many of the gold-fields.”
As the report noted however “in some of the older gold-fields no doubt many of the alluvial deposits have been so far exhausted that they no longer yield remunerative employment to the individual miner, though there are strong grounds for believing they would if worked on a large scale with suitable appliances prove profitable.”
Left: Mines Department Annual Report 1884. Images and content presented here from this report reproduced courtesy of NSW Trade & Resources, Minerals & Energy