YACKANDANDAH CREEK GOLD HYDRAULIC SLUICING WORKS SOHE 2008
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - May 31, 1999
What is significant?
The Yackandandah Creek Gold Hydraulic Sluicing Works is the most intact site of its type in Victoria. The substantial remains, including water race, delivery pipelines, jet elevator, sluice box and mine workings would belong to gold mining operations undertaken during the 1940s.
How is it significant?
The Yackandandah Creek Gold Hydraulic Sluicing Works is of historical, archaeological and scientific significance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The Yackandandah Creek Gold Hydraulic Sluicing Works is historically and scientifically as a characteristic example of an important 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. Mining of high terrace alluvial deposits was a major contributor to the continuation of gold mining after the great Victorian rushes of the 1850s. The technological requirements hydraulic sluicing from the 1860s onwards played an important role in the development of Victorian manufacturing industry. The Yackandandah Creek Gold Hydraulic Sluicing Works is an important manifestation of these facets of gold mining and is the most intact example of a gravity sluice mine in the State.
The Yackandandah Creek Gold Hydraulic Sluicing Works 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.