Water Cannon

Dave Callaway

Somerville, Australia

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Taken at Omeo, Victoria, Australia.
This Water Cannon was used to wash away the high banks of the river to sluice the Gold beneath . This was called Hydraulic Sluicing. This process consisted of bringing large quantities of water onto a site and the directing the water by high pressure hoses onto a suitable ore bearing face. They were the first in the district to undertake this form of treatment and it primarily meant that they could work much larger quantities of dirt.

This type of treatment process also played havoc with the environment washing large quantities of dirt into the creeks and changing the landscape. After fifteen years of operation, the ground on which they worked had been washed away to a depth of fifty feet, the waste was carried away by the creeks.

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