; .We have_ much pleasure in pnblißMng a list of the various' Claims at work at Wetherstones. The list has been kindly furnished to us by one of the miners whftse practical knowledge of the district wVcan fully rely upon :— The old Deny Walls Company—Abra_ham and .party — have commenced their heir claim of two acres, and 4 " seem hopeful of success. They are box-sluicing in Wetherstones Gully, opposite' Golden Point. They have to lift all their tailings. The ground is about ten feet deep, jaid- is all passed. through the boxes, the top box being within about two feet of the reef. This ground has been worked four or. five., times ; and that it can still pay is clearly shown, for when only a c few boxes are used a considerable amount of gold is lost. .They worked their last claim very systematically ; and we believe that to this,, in a great measure, may be attributed the cause of their remunerative returns. ■ Smith and party have been Working in Cobbler's Gully, and on 1 the side of Postoffice Hill for the last three years. They have just extended their claim further up thfe. gully (opposite Carr and party),' and their application is for four acres. At present they are working on the side of the hfli, where the ground is mostly composed of hard clay, which 1 has to be stripped and barrowed. They have lately constructed a ground sluice with sods, which terminates 1 in the main gully, and appears to work well. They have no trouble with their abondoned tailings, as they are all discharged into the old claim of Abraham and party. Smith and party deserve credit for the systematic manner' in which they have worked a very large extent of ground. Ledgerwood and party are box-sluicing in Blue Point Gully. They have passed a considerable portion of this gully through their boxes ', but" they intend to construct , a ground-sluice when they, get a little further a-head. At present their top box is within two feet of the reef, and they have to swing their tailings. It is evident from the fall of the gully that they can bring the top end of the sluice on to the reef ; and so not only will they be able to wash away a much greater quantity of stuff, but also, by having a longer race, they will save more gold, and avoid the labor of stacking tailings. The depth of the gully where they are now at work is about twelve feet. Neil and party are at work further a-head in the same gully. The ground is about fourteen feet deep, and consists mostly of blue clay. They have just commence^ to put a tunnel into the ground. Nelson and party are ground-sluicing onißlue Point. Their face is about fifty feet in height, and is composed chiefly of gravel. They have a good fall on their sluice, and use eighty incheg of water. Lawson and party are ground-sluicing the same hill, and their work is similar. They have a bed of tough yellow clay to contend with, and dispense with the use of the water every alternate day for the purpose of picking it down. ' Gascoigne and party (4) are box-sluic-ing in Wetherstones Flat. The ground is about seven feet in depth, and on cement bottom. ■' • . Kasmausen and Jennings are ground^ sluioing spur on south side of Short's Gully. The ground, which is' about thirty feet deep, and composed mostly of gravel, is all passed through the sluico. They are working on a cement bottom. Parsons and Hood have opened a fresh claim in Short Gully. The ground is about ten feet deep. Cement bottom. Short and son are ground-sluicing spur on north side of Short's Gully. The ground is solid, about five feet in depth, and on cement bottom. • Hunter and party (3) are box-sluicing in Wetherstones Flat." "Cement bottom. Chinamen (4) are- box-sluicing near Hunter and party. Ground about s,}x feet in depth. Cement bottom. Lyons and party (3) have .ope^d a piece of new ground near the deep shaft, tfrom, surface to cement, about sixteen feet. M'Mahon and party (4) are box-sluic-ing in storm-channel; above Union Hotel. By means of water-wheel and Califqrnian pump they are kept clear of water. J. and I. Long have ' opened a new claim on Ballarat Hill, and are constructing ground-sluice. Chinamen^ two parties (8 and 6), are box-sluicing near Cowie's farm. Simmon3 and Nour'se are groundsluicing on 1 spur next Ballarat-Hill. Whe.alon and party (4) are tunneling in' Ballarat Hill, from Union Gully. Their drives extend for about .four hundred feet, and are well timbered. There is not much wash ; and the ground above it consists of dark blue clay, with layers of a sort of black peat. It is good tun-, neling ground. Murray and party (4) are box-sluicing in WetKersfon.es Flat. The ground which has been sluiced, before, is about ten feet deep. Cement bottom. ' Mdoney arid party, ' tc Golden" Gate" (4), are box-sluicing on , Wetherstones Flat, in ground for the most part sluiced before. .The ground averages seven feet; Cpnient bottom. , ' Tayldr and party (4) are box-sluicing old sluiced ground on Wetherstones Flat. The ground averages, eighftfeet. ■ Cement bottom. ' Speedy arid party (4) are f boxVsluicing on Wetherstones Flat, in solid ground, about, eleven feet. - ' ? A. and I. Long are sluicing the point of. Cement -Hill. .The ground is about thirty 1 feet deep; about twenty feet oi
which' consists of clay; this they wheel away, and the remaining ten feet is passed through the sluice. , D. Hill is working on south side of Gement Hill, close to the gully. The bottom is"composed of cement. Bowea tod party, " Hope of Erin " (3), are working the cement on Cement Hill. Swanwick and Russell are working the cement on Cement Hill. H. Higgins is ground-sluicing on south side of Cement Hill. " Herd and party (4) are ground-sluicing Post-office Hill, from Post-office Gully. They have commenced tunneling, and are on the main reef, The ground is about thirty-five feet deep, and consists mostly of hard clay. Clark and Pine are ground-sluicing Post-office Hill, from Post-office Gully. The ground is about thirty feet in depth, and. is composed of red gravel, under whiph 1 is a layer of tough yellow play. In this claim the main reef dips under the cement, which then forms the bottom. Gare and Winchester are ground-sluic-ing the south side of Post-office Hill. The ground is solid; aboiit thirty.five feet deep, and consists mostly of clay, part of; which they wheel away. They are working toward their old claim, where they will get much better sluicing ground. Donelly and party (4) are box-sluicing in Wetherstones Gully, near the township, and in ground previously sluiced by some of the same party. The stuff, therefore, consists mostly of tailings, which average about twelve feet in depth. A better worked claim is not to be found on Wetherstones. Main reef. Carr and party (4) are ground-sluicing Post-office Hill, from' Cobbler's Gully. The ground is from thirty to forty feet in depth, and for the most part consists of fine red gravel. It is good sluicing ground. Their sluice terminates in Wetherstones , Gully, .and has a fall of four and a-half inches to twelvo feet. They use one hundred and twenty inches of water. Main reef. N. Inverson is ground-sluicing some shallow ground above Carr and party, and on the same hill. Main reef. . Sawyers and Sayers have opened a new claim in Wetherstones Gully, and are constructing a ground-sluice. Main reef. Sawyers and Wyndman are box-sluicing in Wetherstones Gully. . Main reef.
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Tuapeka Times, Tuapeka Times, Volume I, Issue 20, 27 June 1868
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