The mine was opened in 1863, closed when they couldn’t find gold then re-opened in 1871 by the Long Tunnel Gold Company who found gold in the opposite direction. With new technology they were able to build a large machine chamber supporting three huge Cornish boilers, ventilation shafts and flumes whilst sinking the main shaft, that eventually reached a depth of over 900 metres. That enabled the mine to become the second most productive mine in the area. Between 1871 and 1911 they found 13,695kg of gold.
Nowadays you can take a guided tour for around an hour. We were taken 300m underground (a rather scary proposition) to see the workings of the mine and the rather primitive tools that were used to mine for the gold. We were assured the mine had undergone a substantial safety upgrade recently. Once I got over my worries about being that far below ground I enjoyed the tour. On the other side of the carpark is a small museum with photos of the miners and the conditions they used to work in. The tour is really interesting and I would recommend it to anyone interested in those sorts of things.
The entrance to the mine.