“The output of gold in 1886 is, I regret to say, less than that of 1885, but the decrease in quantity amounts to only 2,319 oz., and in value to £12,371.
“Each year I have been hoping that the lowest point had been reached and that the development of our auriferous deposits would have again attracted the attention of capitalists, but, perhaps partly on account of the drought, and partly on account of the general depression, the hope has not yet been realized.
“During the year, a few discoveries more or less important were made, but with the exception of the deposits at Fairfield, they have not attracted much attention.
“The late abundant rainfall may, it is hoped, lead the further testing of many of our older gold-fields, which have for some years past been neglected in consequence of the scarcity of water.”
Left: Mines Department Annual Report 1886. Images and content presented here from this report reproduced courtesy of NSW Trade & Resources, Minerals & Energy