Hydraulic sluicing operations on the site were carried out under the direction of James Hedley from the late 1870s through the 1880s. Hedley's gold mining operations were finally banned because of damage wrought to grazing land. Water for the sluicing was delivered to the site by water race and high pressure pipelines and then directed at the gold-bearing deposits. The associated water race, which runs for some 26 miles, is largely intact. The gold sluicing site is dominated by one large sluice hole, which, due to the highly coloured granite bedrock exposed by the mining, presents a unique and a very dramatic scenic landscape.
How is it significant?
The Pink Cliffs Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Site is of historical and scientific importance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The Pink Cliffs Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Site is historically and scientifically important as a characteristic and well preserved example of a redundant form of gold mining. Hydraulic sluicing was an important late nineteenth century development in mining technology, which enabled the continued and more efficacious exploitation of Victoria's dwindling alluvial gold deposits. Gold mining sites are of crucial importance for the pivotal role they have played since 1851 in the development of Victoria. The Pink Cliffs Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Site is also significant because of its association with Thomas Hedley, who, as a pioneer in the development of sluicing and dredging in Victoria, was a prominent figure in the State's late nineteenth century gold mining industry.
PINK CLIFFS HYDRAULIC GOLD SLUICING SITE - Permit Exemptions
EXEMPTIONS FROM PERMITS:
(Classes of works or activities which may be undertaken without a permit under
Part 4 of the Heritage Act 1995)
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.
Fire suppression duties
Weed and vermin control