Contextual History:History of Place:
Heritage Inventory History of Site:
1861: Tunnel driven ('so it is said') in 1861.
1917: One mile west of Talbot. Formerly worked for over half a mile in length in an open cut, a tunnel and shallow shafts (including Gordon's shaft), up to 85 feet deep. The reef is 45 feet thick when exposed in the tunnel, which is driven, so it is said, in 1861. General desire by Prospecting Association to re-work the reef.
1917: Victoria Gully - On east side of Tunnel Hill Reef, 1 mile west of Talbot. Formerly rich alluvial. The material in this gully is now being cyanided.
/nAdit - The adit is currently being worked. Modern mining buildings erected on the site. - large (13ft long) elongated diamond with circles top and bottom. The tunnel at this site is still open and is currently being reworked by a small operator. Other evidence of former gold mining operations is also located in the immediate area. (p178) SOURCES:Talbot and Clunes Conservation Study, Richard Aitken 1988
Heritage Inventory Significance: Local Integrity of the site reduced as to have very little interpretive value. EXISTING HERITAGE LISTING: Tunnel Hill mine, off Lexton-Talbot Road, Talbot. Schedule One: Buildings recommended for inclusion in the Shire of Talbot and Clunes Interim Development Order; This gold mining site is significant for the intactness of its physical remains, being one of the few early reef mines in the shire where a tunnel is still intact. (p178) INTERPRETATION: This is one of the few former mining sites within the shire where a tunnel of such an early date is still open. The current reworking is of such a small scale that it does not jeopardise the integrity of the site, although more intensive working could easily destroy attributes of this site. (p.178)