Koh-i-Noor Gold Mining Co.

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Located on the corner of Urquhart Street and Talbot Street, the mine was registered on 28 July 1856. It was one of the first mines in the district to employ labour and pay wages. The mine was 384 feet deep and employed 250 miners before it closed. It paid about half a milion pounds in dividends.[1]


KOH-I-NOOR G. M. COMPANY.-A general meeting of the above company will be held on the claim, on Tuesday, the 22nd instant, at two o’clock.
A donation of £100 has been voted by the Koh-i-noor Company to the widow of the miner named Cadd, who died recently in the Hospital from injuries received while working in the company’s mine.[3]



Community Involvement

Works Produced

Workplace Relations

The People

Around 1860 W. H. Wooldridge was the manager of this company.

Francis Ackroyd

The 1862 Chairman of this Company was William Higgans.

The 1862 Manager of this Company was Thomas Charlton.

The 1862 Secretary of this company was James Lamb.

In 1862 the Treasurer of this company was Owen Cazaly.

William Whitehead

The mine manager <1875 was Thomas O'Farrell.[4]

Shareholders in 1862

Francis Ackroyd - Henry Beasley - Arthur Chard - Robert Colvin - James Cotter - William Cotter - John Doyle (1) - James Ellis - George Elliott (1) - William Empey - E. Erickson - William Henry Gaunt (1830-1905) - Philip Gay - Henry Gilmour - Edward Glasson- Frederick Higgans - Joseph Higgans - John James (1) - William Jordan (1) - James Lanyon - John McQueen - John Mitchell - Thomas Muir - Michael O'Neill - Patrick O'Neill - David Pearson - John Peters - Michael Quinn - Alexander Binney Rankin - John Rowe - William Uren - William Varcoe - William Whitehead - Samuel Wiley -W. H. Wooldridge


See also

Gold Ore Mining

Further Notes

Unearthed while Geoffrey Fordyce, 12, was digging in his father's garden in Pleasant-street, Ballarat, an old lemonade bottle sealed at the top and embedded in mortar was found to contain two miners' rights issued to Francis Ackroyd and William Whitehead, respectvely, in Ballarat, on September 8, 1856 The documents are printed on parchment and are signed by B. Smith. They were Issued at a cost of £1. On the back of one of them is a declaration written in large and clear handwriting stating that, 'This house was erected by Francis Wood Ackroyd, Mrs. Ackroyd and William Whitehead both of Koh-i-Noor Gold Mining Company of Ballarat.' The name of a builder and architect, Charles C. Fewster, is mention ed, and the statement continues, 'The first stone was laid by Mrs. Ackroyd this 30th day of January. 1865 ' Old identities in Ballarat who have been connected with minng In the early days believe that these two rights are probably the oldest In the district. The Koh-l-Noor mine was situated in the Redan district and was one ol the most successful companies that operated In Ballarat. Folded up with the rights and ap parently squeezed into the bottle with a great deal of difficulty were two copies of old Ballarat newspapers the 'Evening Post' (Saturday, January 28, 1865), and the 'Sun' (Monday January 30, 1865). Geoffrey's father, who is headmaster at the Ballarat High School, intends to hand the relic to tbe local historical society or museum.[5]


  1. Spievogel, Nathan Spievogel Papers, Volume 2. Ballarat Historical Society, 1981 and Spievogel, Nathan Spievogel Papers, Volume 3. Ballarat Historical Society, 1987.
  2. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Monday 20 April 1863, page 3.
  3. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Saturday 30 January 1864, page 2.
  4. 1915 'Obituary. MR TIMOTHY O'FARRELL.', Pitfield Banner and Hollybush Times (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 1 May, p. 2, viewed 30 August, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119813806
  5. Newcastle Sun, 24 August 1935.

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--C.K.Gervasoni 17:23, 12 March 2011 (EST), Beth Kicinski 11:53, 16 January 2013 (EST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 18:43, 20 May 2017 (AEST)

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