The number of miners engaged in gold-mining, more or less constantly during 1890, was 12,589, being an increase over 1889 of 2,397.
The number engaged in alluvial mining was 5,597 Europeans and 107 Chinese = 6,304. The number engaged in quartz mining was 6,285 – all Europeans.
Dividing the quantity of gold won by the number of miners, the result obtained is that each miner appears to have earned 10 oz. 3 dwts. of gold, valued at £36 11s. 3d. during the year.
A reference to the reports of the Wardens and Mining Registrars will however show that a large proportion of the miners have been engaged in prospecting.
Left: Mines Department Annual Report 1890. Images and content presented here from this report reproduced courtesy of NSW Trade & Resources, Minerals & Energy