History on Victorian Gold Mines including

The Blackwood Gold Province

Except for the richer and more extensive gold-bearing fields of California, the gold production in the State of Victoria was once greater than in any other country in the world. The state’s greatest yield within a single year occurred in 1856, where a documented recovery of 3,053,744 troy ounces of gold was achieved.

According to the Victorian Mines Department, the state had produced over 60-million ounces of gold between 1851 and 1896. At Walhalla alone, Cohens Reef produced over 1.6 million troy ounces of gold within 40 years of mining.

While traces of gold were earlier found during the 1840s, particularly in the Port Philip area, and its later discoveries at Warrandyte, Clunes and Buninyong in 1851, the intensive gold rushes really started near Ballarat, at Blackwood's Golden Point, including the significant gold finds in Bendigo and Beechworth.

At the height of its gold production, Victoria channeled an average of two tons of gold weekly into the Treasury Building in Melbourne. The exported gold to Britain during the 1850s greatly compensated Victoria’s entire foreign debts and eventually laid the foundation of the state’s large commercial expansion towards the latter half of the century. Read more here.........


Blackwood, Victoria, Australia

Mining of gold only discontinued due to the slump in the gold price when it became uneconomical. The same family have owned the mine over the past 35 years and have a historical record in owning and operating gold mines in Australia.

The price of gold has risen over the past 7 years, to a level which now means, the mine can be started again.

Currently, we are working on all of the technical details needed to refurbish the mine and arrange for the out sourcing of the future production.

The township was founded in 1855 during the Victorian gold rush and at one stage had a population of around 13,000 prospectors. The Post Office opened on 22 September 1855 and was known as Mount Blackwood until 1921.