Alas the rains that flooded the mine workings back in 1886 were no drought breakers. For a small while there was water, and then yet again – there wasn’t.
“When preparing my Report for 1887 I had the pleasure of inviting attention to an increase in the output of gold, and I then hoped we had reached the lowest point, and were on the eve of more prosperous time in gold-mining, but the severe drought, and possibly to some extent other causes, have proved my hope fallacious.
“During last year, in spite of the drought, considerable prospecting was carried on, though no doubt under considerable disadvantage, and some finds were made which give promise of considerable future yields.
Left: Mines Department Annual Report 1888. Images and content presented here from this report reproduced courtesy of NSW Trade & Resources, Minerals & Energy