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The History of Mining: The events, technology and people involved in the industry that forged the modern world by Michael Coulson

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1. Broken Hill and other Australian giants

The development of Australia’s gold mining industry was a story of romance and drama, and like all the gold rushes of the 19th century, attracted prospectors and speculators from around the world. However, it was arguably less important to the emergence of Australia as a significant economy than the discovery and development of the Broken Hill mines in the far west of New South Wales (NSW) was, in the 1880s.

Broken Hill

Silver is discovered

The story of Broken Hill began on the NSW state border with South Australia when silver was found at Thackaringa in 1876. Prospectors, excited by the news, pushed west from the copper discoveries at Cobar. The Thackaringa silver deposits, however, did not ...

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