FOSSICKING

The history of the Gilberton Goldfield will leave you intrigued about why people would walk pushing a wheelbarrow for 6 weeks just to reach a new town to find the yellow cake (gold).  So how did it start? Richard Daintree was commissioned by the government to go out and find new goldfields and grazing/pastoral country. In 1868 Richard Daintree camped at Gilberton on a spring now called Little 8 Mile for 3 months while exploring the area. During this time he discovered gold and named many creeks  and gullies and also named Mt Nation which is in full view of the Gilberton Homestead.

Premature and not wholly accurate reports created a gold rush to the Gilbert Goldfield, becoming an overnight city called Gilberton. Reports tell us that by 1869 there were over 3,000 people living on the goldfields. The recorded amount of gold from the fields was 113.59 kg gold bullion but there would have been lot more due to people leaving for other new goldfields and the Chinese selling theirs privately. The goldfield became abundant and had another life in 1875 crushing ore to approx 106.90 kg of gold bullion. It was mined on and off up until the early 1940’s. In 1914, the government called upon Mr Ball to do a comprehensive report on the mineral deposits of the area to see if it warranted a railway line being built from Almaden-Forsayth onto Gilberton.