HOOTER'S TRAVELS # 10 - HILL END NSW

Phil Woodman

Valentine, Australia

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Hooter a Tyto Nova-E-Hollandiae owl (a blue nosed Nova Castrian owl) on one of his many flights noticed an abandoned underground mine entrance. This underground mine entrance is located on Bald Hill, opposite the famous Hawkins Hill quartz reef deposit.

Hooter learnt that no gold was found in the Bald Hill area in spite of huge efforts by many rock miners in the 1870s. This mine has been restored to OH&S standards by the National Parks Service and is open to tourists on a very limited (guided) basis.

Today, no gold mines are in operation in the area. The last underground mine at Hawkins Hill closed down a couple of years ago from capital investment uncertainty due to the introduction of the Labour Party’s Gillard/Swan mining tax. The mine immediately closed down overnight with the loss of over 100 mining and associated jobs reducing the entire village to a derelict shadow of its former active self.

Hooter will next upload a view of one of the few remaining dwellings at Hill End, Robert Northey’s produce store.

Stay tuned for more of Hooter’s travels
Hooter stays at the Hill End Lodge.
If you missed previous description notes and images on the travels of Hooter, refer to Hooter Gallery.

HAVE HOOT, WILL TRAVEL!

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  • Bev Woodman
  • Phil Woodman
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