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Supple, R. G.
The Inventory and Assessment of Victoria's Historic Mining Sites
First International and Eighth Australian Engineering Heritage Conference 1996: Shaping Our Future; Proceedings
Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 1996, pp. 145-150
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Victoria's European Heritage is inextricably linked with gold mining. The discovery and the subsequent mining of gold continued unabated within Victoria until World War 1. Mining recommenced in the 1930s and has continued intermittently ever since, with the most recent upswing commencing in the mid 1980s. This increase in mining activity raised alarm within a community concerned about the impact of modem mining methods upon both the natural and cultural environment. Victoria faced a dilemma between the need to provide for the continuation of an industry which has made an enormous contribution to the development of Australia and the desire within the community to conserve historic mine sites and areas. This conflict set in motion a process which has resulted in: - preparation of an inventory of historic mine sites on the Victorian Goldfields, - a much greater level of co-operation between the mining industry and the heritage conservation movement, - documentation of an under utilised educational and tourism resource, - provision of information for the mining industry which will help it promote both its heritage and the mineral potential of the Victorian Goldfields. This paper describes the methodology and outcomes of the inventory project.

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