YACKANDANDAH CREEK HYDRAULIC GOLD SLUICING PIT SOHE 2008
Statement of Significance
What is significant?
The Yackandandah Creek Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Pit consists of an excavation about 200 metres by 100 metres containing a network of pebble dumps, tail races and drainage adits. Water for sluicing would have been delivered to the site by a high pressure pipeline from higher up the creek and then directed at the gold bearing deposits. The technology was introduced into Victoria in about 1855.
How is it significant?
The Yackandandah Creek Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Pit is of historical, archaeological and scientific importance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The Yackandandah Creek Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Pit is historically and scientifically important as a characteristic and well preserved example of an early form of gold mining. Gold mining sites are of crucial importance for the pivotal role they have played since 1851 in the development of Victoria. Hydraulic sluicing of alluvial gold deposits is an important key ingredient in an understanding of gold mining technology as it was employed in country where water was plentiful and perennial.
The Yackandandah Creek Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Pit 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.