Black Hill Company

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Notice of registration[1]

The Black Hill Company (Limited) was registered on 23 September 1861.[1] They applied for a mining lease on 1 August 1873. [2]

In January 1859 the Black Hill Company erected a battery of 12 stampers and in October of that year an additional 12 stampers were erected. The company also had a furnace for building pyrites, and a Chilean mill for reducing them. From the surface to a depth of 210 feet, a large body of quartz was found to run in strings the quartz contained gold, but the quantity of quartz was too small to pay for working. A level was cut at 260 feet below the crown of the hill, and below that depth at about every 100 feet till the depth of 540 feet was reached. The quartz in veins continued god, but so as far as they ere prospected were too small to pay for working. In November 1870, the mine was let as a tribute. In June 1971 the company commenced to sink a shaft in the portion of their claim which is on the Black Hill Flat. [3]

The Black Hill Company have not yet got their pump gear righted, and fresh castings are being supplied by the Phoenix Foundry, as the original contractors have failed to carry out the work satisfactorily in this respect. Indeed, what with delays of one sort and another, the contractors have already incurred penalties to the tune of £300 odd, although we hear that does not cover the loss sustained by the company; and we hear further that the loss by the contractors in the contract will be near £1000. This has been attributed in part to certain difficulties with the moulders, who, it will be remembered, struck work some time since at most if not all the foundries, and formed a union.[4]
SIR,-The vindictive attack upon me in yesterday's Star by Messrs Robinson, Thomas and Co. compels me to ask space in your next issue for a reply.
Messrs Robinson, Thomas and Co.'s assertion that they have performed their contract properly, and that these works have not been delayed through their negligence and inability to execute the contract with the Black Hill Company, is a gross misstatement In proof thereof, the whole of the machinery should have been delivered on or before the 15th November, six weeks since, under a penalty of £10 per day, in addition to other penalties for certain portions of the work agreed upon to be delivered at stated intervals. One half of the discs, together with some of the castings and several other portions of the work have not been delivered to the present time.
Messrs Robinson, Thomas and Co would make it appear that the pipes in connection with the pump gave way through the pressure, but this was not the case-the only pressure possible is 22 lbs per square inch, and the pipes, if sound, are capable of standing a pressure of 200 lbs per square inch. It was not the pipes that gave way, but the putty, of which there was a large quantity supplied.
With reference to the design of the pump, and which they say is wrong, permit me to state it is no experiment, for I have erected pumps similar in every way, that have been in successful operation the last seven years.
I shall not notice any further effusions from them.
I am, Sir, Yours, &c.
31st December.
[We publish the above letter as our correspondent is entitled to reply to the charges made against him, but the matter seems one that will be better argued in a court of law than in our columns.][5]
The late thunder storm was a great boon to many a mining company that had got to a stand-still for want of water, and the rainfall will, no doubt, tell at once upon the escort returns. Several companies at once set to work upon replenished reservoirs; and although the previous drought must have been both an annoyance and a loss, it is not improbable that it may serve the purpose of keeping alive the sense of the importance of our having such a supply as will secure us from similar evils in future. The Black Hill Company's works and those of several other companies are now busily employed again, after their temporary idleness; and it is to be hoped that we are now sufficiently near to the rainy season to be safe from so terrible an evil as was lately apprehended in connection with water supply. But the companies about the Canadian, the Little Bendigo, and other elevated quartz grounds, still feel the effects of the dry season we have had, and a comparatively short protraction of dry weather would soon leave them with either no supply of water at all or a very insufficient one only.[6]
The Black Hill Company have obtained 283 oz. 10 dwt. of gold for the last fortnight's work, which will give a clear profit of some £600. In retorting last week they found the yield for the fortnight to be less than bad been anticipated at the clearing out. Instead of 880 oz, as expected, the yield was a few ounces under 300.[7]
The Black Hill Company’s stone is paying better than of late, and there is a solider look about the block now working. The clearing up on Saturday after 3 ½ days’ crushing, yielded 200 ozs from the boxes, and 69 ozs from the ripples; which will produce, according to the usual results, about 170 ozs of bar gold for the week.[8]



February 8 NOTICE OF PARTNERSHIP. - A certificate to be registered pursuant to an Act of the Lieutenant-Governor and Council of the colony of Victoria, made and passed in the seventeenth year of the reign of her pre sent Majesty Queen Victoria, No. 5, intituled, "An Act to Legalize Partnerships with Limited Liability." - We, the undersigned, hereby certify that we intend io form a partnersbip with limited liability under the said Act, to be conducted under the style and firm of "Edward Agar Wynne and others, Black Hill Company," in which partnership Edward Agar Wynne, of Lyons Street, in Ballarat, in the colony of Victoria, is to be the general partner under the said Act, and Richard Birkett Gibbs, Spencer Wilson, and William Bailey, all of the Main Road, Ballarat East, in the said colony, William Collard Smith, of Sturt street, in Ballarat aforesaid, and Samuel Mountfort Gibbs, of Elizabeth Street, in the city of Melbourne, in the said colony, are to be the special partners under the said Act, and that the amount of capital which each special partner contributes is five hundred pounds; and that the amount contributed by the said general partner Edward Agar Wynne is five hundred pounds; and that the general nature of the business to be transacted by the said partnership is that of quartz crushing, quartz mining, and gold extracting; and that the principal place at which the said business is to be transacted, is at the Black Hill near Ballarat aforesaid; and that the said partnership is to commence from the first day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-nine; and to terminate on the first day of February, which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six.
I, James Baker, of Ballarat, in the Colony of Victoria, a Justice of the Peace, certify that the above-named Edward Agar Wynne, Richard Birkett Gibbs, Spencer Wilson, Wil liam Bailey, William Collard Smith, and Samuel Mountfort Gibbs, have respectively acknowledged the above-written certificate before me this seventh (7th) day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-nine. JAMES BAKER, J. Witness - L. G. HARDY, Solicitor, Ballarat.[9]

February 9 The Ballarat Quartz Crushing Company having become virtually defunct, another company has sprung from its remains. The Black Hill Gold Mining Company [sic] is the name taken by the gentlemen who have succeeded to the claims and plant of the old company. Messrs Wilson Brothers, R. & S. Gibbs, W. C. Smith, and Wynne are the new company, and we are informed the works will be carried on by hired labor exclusively, under the general management of Mr Wynne, and the working management of persons yet to be chosen. The preliminary arrangements of the new company are not completed, but we understand that stamping batteries will be erected forthwith, and the works carried on without delay. However annoying this juvenile company may be to the disappointed shareholders of the senior company, there is no doubt the new company go to work under the most advantageous circumstances, and have a capital chance of making the claims pay handsomely, under judicious management.[10]



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Works Produced

From 01 January 1868 until 1872 the Black Hill Company crushed 68,097 tons of quartz, which gave 14,441 oz. 3 dwt, 5.79 grs. per ton.[11]

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Further Notes


  1. 1.0 1.1 Victoria Government Gazette. No. 146 1 October 1861 p.1873 [1]
  2. Mining Warden's Registers Of Applications For Mining Leases, Ballarat Mining Division, PROV, VPRS 1458/P0000[2]
  3. Brough Smith, R., Mining & Mineral Statistics, Victorian Exhibition, Melbourne, 1872, p. 53-4.
  4. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Monday 30 December 1861, page 3.
  5. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Wednesday 1 January 1862, page 3.
  6. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Wednesday 12 March 1862, page 1.
  7. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Monday 19 May 1862, page 1.
  8. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Monday 15 February 1864, page 3.
  9. Advertising. (1859, February 8). The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), p. 3. Retrieved February 7, 2015 {]
  10. Mining. (1859, February 9). The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), p. 2. Retrieved February 7, 2015 [3]
  11. Mining. (1859, February 9). The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), p. 2. Retrieved February 7, 2015 [4]

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--Beth Kicinski 14:01, 2 February 2012 (EST); --Neil Huybregts 18:58, 7 February 2015 (AEDT); --Clare K.Gervasoni 13:36, 24 August 2016 (AEST)

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