Working the goldfields

Rich in history, the central Victorian goldfields has many hidden gems.

This monstrous old dredge can be found only a few kilometers north of Maldon. It sits in a dry swap, rusting  further into history, it is a relic of golden dreams. The days of surface miners finding gold nuggets the size of ones fist was surpassed in the 1920s with underground mining or heavy industrial surface equipment such as this dredge.

At the site, just a few meters from the main road, no marker explains the age nor purpose of the equipment however net research uncovers that the dredge was used circa 1960 until the mid 1980s.

The dredge is accompanied by a dragline.

The scene is a stark reminder of changing times from which one can draw inspiration for the shenanigans of wilder, steam-punk themed periods.

Do you have any steam-punk inspiring relics near you? Please let us know…

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