Gold Pan, Iron; Unknown manufacturer; Unknown; WY.1993.43.1
Gold Pan, IronAbout this object
This is a gold pan which would have been used for searching for gold in rivers.
Gold was found at Mimihau near the cemetery in about 1864. A miners camp was quickly established leading to the name 'Camp Hill', which tis still the name of the farm on this land today. Gold fields throughout the world had reputations for being filled with lawless individuals and Wyndham was no exception. Many local farmers had stock stolen, and the first man to be buried at the Wyndham Cemetery was due to a murder at the camp.
At its peak, 700 gold miners lived in the area, however the boom was over just as quickly as it began and by April 1865 only 200 people remained, 120 of these being miners. When the Beange family came to the district in 1867, only a few Chinese miners remained going over the worked tailings.
inorganic, processed material, metal, ironInscription and Marks
Handwritten in black marker on inside rim: 'WY9343'Measurements
h 100 mm x dia 445 mmSubject and Association Keywords
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