Different tools in the goldfields

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The Gold Pan

The gold pan is a mining tool used for sorting the gld from the dirt, by means of the gold being heavier and therefore getting stuck or unstuck from the pan layered edge.

The Cradle

The mining cradle was used to go through large amounts of soil or gravel in a short amount of time so the miners could get the gold quicker

Shaft Mining

When gold started to become scarce just under the surface of the ground, miners turned to digging deep holes, or shafts, in the ground. These shafts would be approximately one meter squared and could be up to 50 meters deep. The miners would prop timber along the sides of the shaft to stop it from collapsing and would use a windlass or winch to bring up buckets full of soil.