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Statement of Significance
Last updated on - January 10, 1997
What is significant?
The Greens Creek Gold Battery Site consists of the remains of a 10-head stamping battery, horizontal steam engine, two multi tubular boilers, and various buried and partly buried pieces of machinery. In the vicinity of the battery is a dray track and inclined tramway. The site is on the Register of the National Estate and has recently had major conservation works.
How is it significant?
The Greens Creek Gold Battery Site is of historical, and scientific importance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The Greens Creek Gold Battery Site is historically and scientifically important as a characteristic and well preserved example of an important form of gold mining. The battery is significant as one of the most intact sites of its kind and age in the State. It was installed in 1884 to crush stone obtained from the Morning Star Mine, which is located on the spur, 500 feet above the battery. Gold mining sites are of crucial importance for the pivotal role they have played since 1851 in the development of Victoria. As well as being a significant producer of Victoria's nineteenth century wealth, with its intensive use of machinery, played an important role in the development of Victorian manufacturing industry. The abandoned mining machinery at the Greens Creek battery site is historically important for its evocation of the adventurousness, hardship, and isolation that was part of mining life in the high country areas of the State.
The Greens Creek Gold Battery Site is archaeologically important for its potential to yield artefacts and evidence which will be able to provide significant information about the technological history of gold mining.