Historical Mining Activity

Mine Shaft Locations were collected by a variety of methods from 1869 in some areas of the state. Mainly concentrating in Ballarat and Bendigo. In places a shaft may be recorded multiple times with a different source. In cases where several shaft locations are shown close together (generally with separations less than stated position errors) and they have different sources, it is possible that one shaft has been mapped several times. In cases where several shaft locations are shown close together but they have the same information source, it is possible that each shaft location represents a different shaft on the ground. Bendigo Mines Hazard Data - a Review and History More recently, information has been compiled from data from David Bannear DELWP Parks Vic Peter Ward Fred Sargent Peter Quinn Source for these is marked as Private survey - and source comment contains details.

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Historical Mining Activity

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Date Published 1869-01-01
Date Updated 2019-04-18
Agency Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
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Citation Copyright © The State of Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions 2019
Attribution Copyright © The State of Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions 2019
Data Temporal Coverage: 1869-01-01 to 2019-12-31
Geospatial Coverage 141,-39,150,-34
Geospatial Accuracy Fair The Mines Department was the forerunner to Minerals and Petroleum Victoria. The Mines Department carried out an extensive shaft filling and capping operation between the 1930s and 1950s. More than 1600 shafts were either filled with mine mullock (waste rock from the mining process) or capped with a reinforced concrete cap. The decision to either fill or cap was usually based on the depth of the shaft. The shaft was filled if less than about 50 m deep otherwise it was usually capped. Much of this work was carried out under the supervision of Frank Vincent, a mines inspector. During the reclamation programme he arranged for the location of each shaft to be mapped by the tape and compass method. The size of the shaft at the surface (the shaft collar) was measured and an estimate of the shaft depth was obtained. These details together with the reclamation method (filled or capped) were recorded in a list of 1600 shafts. Where possible, this data has been included in the attribute data in the Bendigo Shaft Hazard database. Frank Vincent's original shaft reference number is recorded as the VINCENTNO in the shaft attribute data. The size of the shaft collar is recorded as COLLARFT. The shaft depth as estimated by Frank Vincent team, is recorded as the DEPTHM. In the case of shaft depth we have converted the original estimate in feet to metres. The information from Frank Vincent's data shows that most shafts have depths in the range 10 to 20 metres although a considerable number have depths in the range 100 to 200 metres. Approximately +- 100 metres Same sites could be recorded multiple times - different sources in the Bendigo area Digitized for Ginger has worse accuracy than other sources.
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