This mine was not only interesting for the tunnel which, like the other mine, ran back into a hillside, but also for the vestiges of the mining process which could be seen scattered around the site. The first object pointed out was a metal boiler lying partway up the slope.
|Brick structure above the mine entrance|
The interior of this mine was in many ways similar to that I viewed at Mount Doran and described in this post. It had timber support structures and according to our guide, showed evidence of some engineering skill in its construction.
|Tunnel near the entrance|
|Tunnel with timber supports|
|Tree roots hanging from the roof of the tunnel|
Likewise, the land around Bamganie and Woodbourne Creek contains iron. Geological survey maps from the 1860s show areas between Cargerie and Woodbourne Creeks where the soil is composed of "ferruginous conglomerate containing [an] abundance of rounded quartz pebbles" and "thick beds of ironstone cement & quartz gravel the later containing rounded quartz boulders...where these occur payable gold has been obtained". The maps also indicate that "gold has been found in many places along Reid's [Woodbourne] Creek and in some spots payable". Unlike the gold, the iron ore was presumably not deemed payable however it was clearly present as evidenced by the rusted colour of some of the quartz.
|Quartz showing rust stains caused by the presence of iron|
|A quartz vein showing staining|
|Black oxide running along the rock face|
At the mouth of another nearby shaft, marks in the rock left by the miners' picks can still be seen as they explored what may have been another promising lead.
|Pick marks still visible on the rock surface|