Life in the Goldfields
By Hana B
The miners used the pickaxe to dig up gold. The top is usally made of metal and the handle was made of wood.
The bucket was where you would put the excess dirt when digging.
The cradle was used to seperate the gold from the dirt. Used for Alluvial mining.
The shovel was used to get the dirt into the bucket.
The pan was used to find the gold. Used for panning.
Pulls the bucket up and down by turning the handle. Used for shaft mining.
Different types of mining
Panning was one of the main methods for finding gold. Panning for gold is very simple but hard to find the gold. Miners would go to nearby riverbanks and do panning.
Alluvial was a more difficult and complicated way to find gold. They would shovel dirt and water in top (hopper) and turn the handle to rock the cradle. The dirt and water would come out canvas, the riffles would stop any gold from going into the river.
Shaft mining was one of the main types of mining. A miner would turn the handle and lower the bucket into the shaft to dig the dirt out.
Chinese in the goldfields
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