“The continual drop in gold production after 1940 was due to the effect of the War. From 1942, restrictions on gold mining still further caused a drop in production. Many mines ceased operations, and only those larger operators producing metals vital to the war effort, in association with gold were able to contribute appreciably to the annual gold production of the State.
Of the total production of gold recorded during the years 1939-1945 inclusive, 71,418 oz. of gold were won by dredges mainly from the Wellington and Gulgong districts.
The most notable production for the period was that from the Cobar field, where 295,961 oz. of gold were produced, mainly by the three mines under the control of New Occidental Gold Mines N.L. . With the exceptions mentioned above, the bulk of the gold produced was won by a large number of small mines, sluicing plants, tailings, retreatment plants, prospectors and fossickers.
Left: Mines Department Annual Report 1940. Images and content presented here from this report reproduced courtesy of NSW Trade & Resources, Minerals & Energy