TUMBERUMBA GOLD MINING
Adelong.- With the return of settled fine weather, these gold fields are reviving. We believe that the returns have never been so great in proportion to the population employed. About 150 men are at work on the old Adelong fields. Several applications for water privileges have lately been entertained by the Commissioner. E. Talbot is busily employed in cutting a race two and a quarter miles long, with water head for two sluices.
The contract for cutting, we believe, is £70. Several parties have crossed the ridge into the main Adelong, and are very successful. As this creek is very extensive room for many hundreds is now provided. In Sharpe's Creek, a few parties are doing mode- rateing well, say about £10 per week per man; but water is getting scarce.
Reedy Flat.-A party of three men from the Ovens, Smedley, Dougherty, and another, have been very busy during the week in washing up the old stuff. Several hundred ounces have rewarded their laborious exertions. They have obtained the right of bringing water from the head of the Gilmore to the Reedy Flat, about six or eight miles, with water for three sluices. The contract for cutting is £250. The old hands now see the prize they have missed.
Tumberumba and Tarcutta.- About 100 men are at work here with varied success. We understand that an opportunity will be afforded to the miners in the Murrumbidgee district to rid themselves of their accumulated gold before the 31st December, by an armed escort as far as Goulburn.- (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 20 December 1856).
By the 1850's the town had been established and gold discoveries in the Tumbarumba district led to many families coming to the area.
Some of the miners that worked the area around Tumbarumba were:-
Tom, George and Harry Bell,
Joe, Jack and Ted Broadhurst,
Brian and Tom Murphy,
Bill and Bert Hartnett,
Charlie and Bob Wood,
Jack, Fred and Ted Tonkin,
George and Jack Rutherford
Bill and Alf Lucas.
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