Rushworth,Whroo and Whroo Historic Reserve.

The Whroo historic reserve is located 190km north of Melbourne just 7km from Rushworth[1]and it contains many of the key mining sites that were active during and after the original

Whroo Historic Reserve scale map.

rush. The reserve contains more than 20 possible points of interest that have had an impact on Rushworth’s past mining history. Its points of interest include Quartz mines, puddlers, water dams, Battery engines, Cyanide vats, treated tailings and dumping tramways.[2]  

Apart from those included in the Whroo historic reserve many other sites have historical, social and scientific purposes and often bring a number of enthusiasts. Mongolians reef is a prime example of a cultural and historically significant site. Obviously because it is a site named after the Chinese miners who found it and secondly it has been recorded in history as the Chinese miners sold the claim to David Scott, H.P. Bedwell and G. Cracknell for £150.7[3]

Whroo Cyanide Vat.

But by far the greatest attraction to the Whroo historic reserve is the Balaclava Hill mine site and all of its surrounding features, it is a site respected by the locals and tourists alike. Locals have managed to keep it (up until recently) in a safe enough condition for public entry while also maintaining its features by restoration to numerous puddlers and Cyanide Vats.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

[1]  Parkweb, Whroo Historical Reserve, Parks Victoria, Bendigo, Victoria, 2012.

[2] D Bannear, ‘Historical Mining Sites in the Rushworth (Waranga North) Mining Division’, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, May 1993,p33-35.

[3] D Bannear, ‘Historical Mining Sites in the Rushworth (Waranga North) Mining: Part Two: Site Gazetteer’, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, May 1993, pp.43

 

 
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