Grand Trunk Gold Mining Company

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Grand Trunk Gold Mining Company
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Town Piggoreet
Known dates 1860-1874
Evidence Large mullock heap
Google maps -37.734220, 143.620440

The Grand Trunk Gold Mining Company was a mining company at Piggoreet, Victoria, 1860-1874>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The company operated a mine at Piggoreet, Victoria. The Victorian Heritage Database identified the site at 37°44'03.2"S 143°37'13.6"E, on the banks of the Woady Yallock River.[1]

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Background[edit | edit source]

From Joan Hunt's research:

The lease for the Grand Trunk Gold Mining Company just south of the Devil’s Kitchen was taken up at the end of December 1860, and although plagued by problems of flooding proved to be the richest mine on the main lead running north-south from the township. In June 1865 it was ‘yielding magnificently’, regularly paying £20 per original share per fortnight. Its richness and its extent made it one of the best prospects in the Ballarat district, and in its first five years it produced 915lbs (415kg) of gold.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

In August 1867:

The Grand Trunk Company is also somewhat impeded in consequence of the ground not being properly opened up; the return was 35 oz 13 dwt.[3]

On 11 July 1874 the company reported taking 53 oz. 16dwt. for the week.[4]

The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Grand Trunk Co., Victorian Heritage Database,
  2. Hunt, Joan, 'Piggoreet: A Township Built on Gold', Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria, issue no. 12, 2013. ISSN 1832-2522.
  3. 1867 'SMYTHESDALE DISTRICT WEEKLY MINING REPORT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 August, p. 3. , viewed 24 Aug 2019,
  4. 1874 'THE MINES.', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935), 11 July, p. 21. , viewed 28 Mar 2020,

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