Band of Hope Gold Mine

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This mine was begun in 1858 by 120 men who blasted through 100 feet of basalt until they came upon an underground lake. Large pumps were required to drain out the water. No gold was found until they had pierced through the basalt.

In 1865 they found the gutter they were searching for and it became one of the richest gold mines in the world. In one day in 1868 a record yield worth 11,752 pounds was obtained from the No 2 mine.

In 1871 miners from the Band of Hope Gold Mine made up the first Redan Football Club.[1]


Located in Winter Street and other shafts were dug in Leith Street, Skipton Street, and Ripon Street.


See also

Band and Albion

Gold mines

Gold mining companies




  1. My Ballarat, July/August 2013.
  2. Journal of the Historical Society of Victoria, Vol 58, Nos 3 & 4 1987.

Further Reading

Spievogel, Nathan Spievogel Papers, Volume 2. Ballarat Historical Society, 1981.

Official Programme and History of Ballarat Centenary Celebrations, 1938

External Links


--C.K.Gervasoni 16:40, 12 March 2011 (EST)

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