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Mining at Preservation Inlet.



It is a well-known fact that there is plenty of gold to be won at Preservation Inlet, and it is not so long ago since the famous Morning Star Mine was returning a very heavy yield. Yet of late mining has not been pushed on, as indications appear to warrant, and it is surprising that more interest has not been taken in the fields locally, considering its convenience to Invercargill. Among those pegging away down there is our enterprising townsman, Mr W. Todd, who is, with commendable pluck keeping a mine going on his own account, and we trust his efforts will meet with the reward they really deserve. We now learn that the syndicate which acquired the Morning Star mine a short time since, have had two experts down to examine the property, and their reports are highly satisfactory. They have laid off the track with a view* to bringing in water to work the batteries, and it is said the large area available for sluicing purposes fully warrants the steps that are being taken. By the use of water a

large quantity of low-grade ore can be treated, and also there is a 'good face of stone showing which should give splendid results. It is well-known that a plentiful supply of well-directed water is the very thing that is wanted to work the mine. and the promoters ara sanguine of success. The work is to be put in hand almost immediately, and before long the mine will be in good going order again, and it is hoped that it will yield larger returns than any yet taken out.

As there have been numerous enquiries for shares in the venture, the promoters have met and 'decided to form a small company with a view, to augmenting their funds, and facilitate the working of the mine. When everything is in readiness to go on the mine should give employment to a number of hands, and it is quite safe to predict that before very, long the Inlet will be as busy as ever it had been in the golden past. Besides the precious metal, silver, lead, copper, coal, nickel, chronium, and other minerals are known to exist round the coast, and only await developing to open up splendid fieldsi, which would go a long way to make Invercargill the “Britain of the South.’’-

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Mining at Preservation Inlet., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 30 March 1907

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Mining at Preservation Inlet. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 30 March 1907

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