James Salkeld

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James Salkeld was an engineer at the Band of Hope in 1863.

His inventions included Chain Driving Gear and he introduced an indicator mounted onto the steam engine at the Band of Hope Gold Mine. The indicator was a clock face without numbers and measured three feet in diameter. A hand indicated to the engine driver the position of the truck and cage while being drawn up in the shaft.[1]


  1. Jenkins, E.D & Jenkins, A.J. The Golden Chain: A History of Sebastopol With Special Reference to Gold and Mining, p28, SP, 1980.

--Clare K.Gervasoni 09:26, 22 July 2019 (AEST)

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