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Near Maldon in Mount Alexander (Shire), Victoria, Australia
 

Porcupine Flat Dredge

 
 
Porcupine Flat Dredge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 27, 2005
1. Porcupine Flat Dredge Marker
Inscription. This bucket dredge was operated here by George Heywood, Eric Baumann and others, for about 30 years, until it was abandoned in 1984. It was one of the last dredges operated in Victoria.

It is a relatively small bucket dredge, but is one of few to have survived more or less intact. The crane nearby cleared trees in the dredge’s path.

Since the 1930s, electric power had allowed the construction of very large dredges, some employing up to 60 workers.

Dredging for gold dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, but for environmental reasons it is no longer practiced.

On the Diggings Trail
This is one of 30 sites on the Mount Alexander Diggings Trail.

With the trail guidebook you can find your way to historic places around Maldon and Castlemaine, and discover stories from the great Mount Alexander Gold Rush of 1851.

Then follow the story through the years.
Start on the trail at the Visitor Information Centres in Maldon or Castlemaine.
 
Erected by Parks Victoria & Lions Club of Maldon.
 
Location. 36° 59.125′ S, 144° 5.788′ E. Marker is near Maldon, Victoria, in Mount Alexander (Shire). Marker can be reached from Bendigo-Maldon Road just
Porcupine Flat Dredge image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 27, 2005
2. Porcupine Flat Dredge
from Lewis Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Maldon, Victoria 3463, Australia.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 19 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maldon Athenaeum Library 1863 (approx. 2.8 kilometers away); Guildford Honor Row (approx. 19 kilometers away); The Big Tree (approx. 19.2 kilometers away).
 
Additional keywords. gold dredge
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Porcupine Flat Dredge image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 27, 2005
3. Porcupine Flat Dredge
Porcupine Flat Dredge image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 27, 2005
4. Porcupine Flat Dredge
Porcupine Flat Crane image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 27, 2005
5. Porcupine Flat Crane
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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