Heritage Inventory History of Site: The Crinoline Co. was the first to have a battery on the spot at Morning Star Creek, in 1864. The next year, the water-powered 12-head battery was expanded to 16 heads and a supplementary steam engine added. The Crinoline was by far the most successful of the Morning Star mines between 1864-8. It was subsequently worked by the North Crinoline Co. (1868), Victoria Co. (1869-71), and Golden Key Co. (1871-5). A tramway connecting the battery with the Bismark mine on Concord Creek was constructed in 1872. No mention was found of the Crinoline battery after 1874; however, the Bismark United Co. acquired its own 15-head battery at about the same time.In 1880, the peculiarly-named Gnome Co. was formed to work the old Crinoline ground. Prospecting, however, turned up nothing payable and the company quickly faded from the record.Mines on the Crinoline line were re-tried during a revival early in the twentieth century, but little gold was produced.References: Milner (1898/1)Mining Surveyors' Reports (Donnelly's Creek), 1864-75, December 1880, June 1881Supple et al, M12
CRINOLINE MINE & MACHINERY SITE - Heritage Inventory Description
Features of the Crinoline battery are a Cornish boiler, steam engine, and battery.
Heritage Inventory Significance: National EstateScientific significance, because of its rarity and intactness.
Heritage Inventory Site Features: Boiler - Cornish boiler, 5¢ ft in diameter x 17 ft long, still set in its stone setting.Battery engine - partly dismantled Canal Basing Foundry horizontal single-cylinder double-acting steam engine, complete with flyball governor and 9ft-diameter flywheel.Battery - partly dismantled battery. Two Fulton and Shaw wooden-framed 4-head stamp batteries, cast in Melbourne in 1866, and a Fulton wooden-framed 4 head stamp battery, cast in Melbourne in 1864.