The Buckland River Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Paddock consists of an area about 100 metres by 50 metres containing a small sluiced open cut, pebble dumps and a tail race. Water for sluicing would have been delivered to the site by a high pressure pipeline from higher up the river and then directed at the gold bearing deposits above the river. The technology was introduced into Victoria in about 1855 and this particular site, which is one of several along the Buckland River, probably dates from the mid 1860s.
The Buckland River Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Paddock is of historical, archaeological and scientific importance to the State of Victoria.
The Buckland River Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Paddock 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 Buckland River Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Paddock 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.
BUCKLAND RIVER HYDRAULIC GOLD SLUICING PADDOCK - Permit Exemptions
1. All exempted alterations are to be planned and carried out in a manner which prevents damage to the fabric of the registered place or object.
2. Should it become apparent during further inspection or the carrying out of alterations that original or previously hidden or inaccessible details of the place or object are revealed which relate to the significance of the place or object, then the exemption covering such alteration shall cease and the Executive Director shall be notified as soon as possible.
3. If there is a conservation policy and plan approved by the Executive Director, all works shall be in accordance with it.
4. Nothing in this declaration prevents the Executive Director from amending or rescinding all or any of the permit exemptions.
Nothing in this declaration exempts owners or their agents from the responsibility to seek relevant planning or building permits from the responsible authority where applicable.
No permits are required for the following classes of works provided they are carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Conservation Plan For Historic Mining Sites prepared by David Bannear in 1996.
* Mineral Exploration
* Fire suppression duties
* Timber production
* Weed and vermin control
* Public safety