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Statement of Significance
Last updated on - May 11, 1999
The Tipperary Gully Gold Puddling Site consists of the remnants of six puddling machines complete with dumps of washed pebbles, the associated water race and a patch of shallow sinkings. These working comprise a good characteristic example of the puddling technology developed in Victoria from 1854 in response to the need to process enormous amounts of clay soil which needed to be broken up to get at the gold. Horses were used to drag harrows around a circular ditch in which the soil and water were mixed.
The Tipperary Gully Gold Puddling Site is of historical, archaeological and scientific importance to the State of Victoria.
The Tipperary Gully Gold Puddling Site is historically and scientifically important as a characteristic and well preserved example of a site associated with an early form of gold mining which, from 1851, played a pivotal role in the development of Victoria. Puddling machine technology is particularly important in the history of Victorian gold mining as the only technology or method developed entirely on Victorian gold fields.
The Tipperary Gully Gold Puddling Site is archaeologically important for its potential to yield artefacts and evidence which will be able to provide significant information about the cultural history of gold mining and the gold seekers themselves.