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It seems that not only gold but also silver was mined locally. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald of 8 December 1891, found on Trove (trove.nla.gov.au), silver was discovered in the locality of Whipstick by F. Donnelly in April of that year.  However, due to the fact that the area was located within a proclaimed goldfields area, delays in granting leases to mine the silver were experienced. Principal lease holder was the Great Jingera Silver-mining Syndicate.  The article reports that the “mineral occurs as carbonate and oxide of bismuth and chloride of silver.”  At the time of the article, 36 leases had been applied for and the resultant influx of prospectors encouraged the writer to enthuse on the expected growth of the area;

A splendid site for a township has been selected on the main road, about three miles from the present village of Wyndham, which is the main centre of a small but rich dairy-farming and agricultural district. The climate is exceptionally healthy, the conditions are very favourable for settlement, and I have no doubt that this locality will shortly become a lively and prosperous place.”

View the full article at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13866291

I wonder if anyone has any photos of the early Whipstick area?

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