Balaclava Gold mine - Whroo
In 1854 a large nugget of gold was discovered atop a hill at Whroo in Victoria,
In 1855 the Balaclava mine opened, named after the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean war.
During 1863 tunnels were driven to allow a tramline to operate.
Gold bearing Quartz was carted out of the mine to nearby stampers and crushers to release the gold.
Many tunnels were driven into the hill, some of which you can see in the panorama.
Eventually, the miners decided to make this an open cut for easier access.
Between 1866 and 1881, 21,340 ozs of gold was recovered from this one mine.
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Victoria is Australia's second smallest State and covers only 3% of Australia's land area but has the second highest population of all States and Territories.
Victoria's mainland and islands have a total length of 2,512 kilometres coastline which is about 4.2% of Australia's 59,736 kilometres of coastline.
Australia is the driest inhabited continent and Victoria is no exception although the state capital Melbourne has the reputation to have 4 seasons in one day.
Victoria is located in the southeast of mainland Australia and includes the most southern point on mainland Australia at Wilsons Promontory National Park.