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Re: Link to Youtube vid about old hidden shafts (Tarnagulla)
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2018, 23:13 »
Sheeeeeet..........  Is that semi-circle on the right the other rim of the shaft?  And, what is keeping the surface dirt from just dropping down the shaft?
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Re: Link to Youtube vid about old hidden shafts (Tarnagulla)
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2018, 23:25 »
It’s a stick? Amazing how your brain associates one thing to a thought. I was looking fo holes and associated the shape to the rim of a hole. Still wondering what held the plug up.
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Re: Link to Youtube vid about old hidden shafts (Tarnagulla)
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2018, 09:50 »
I was detecting at Maryborough (where i lost my wedding ring) and found a spot where a Wallaby had been happily bounding along and the ground had given away. I waited 12 months for the smell to go and went down and had a look.
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Re: Link to Youtube vid about old hidden shafts (Tarnagulla)
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2018, 10:32 »
And - did you find gold?  

Not too deep - just a shaft or did it go off sideways?

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Re: Link to Youtube vid about old hidden shafts (Tarnagulla)
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2018, 19:25 »
It was like a cave underneath, large enough to hold a car. No gold though.
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Re: Link to Youtube vid about old hidden shafts (Tarnagulla)
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2018, 00:08 »
When I used to live at Vaughan Springs I used to go trecking in the gullies out the back of the caravan park and there was an area that trail bike riders used to have a bit of fun at.  One section had a couple of humps along the trail that they used to jump over with a flat section between them. One particular year I went for a treck through the area and the spot in between the two humps was opened up with maybe a 15 foot drop large enough to drop a small car in.  I guess you just never really know whats under your feet sometimes.
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Re: Link to Youtube vid about old hidden shafts (Tarnagulla)
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2018, 15:09 »
What held the plug in? 

Usually just branches and logs, the old miners just covered the hole with whatever was on hand and then back filled a couple of feet. Why did the do this, well they didn't want to fall down a shaft, it was quick and everyone knew there was a shaft there that played out. Remember 160 years ago the diggers were as expedient as we are now, why waste time (money) and effort on a played out shaft, cover it and move on. Everyone knows that there was a shaft there right? They may have even put up a small sign to say so....

Over the years the sign fell down, rain would wash in excavated material and there would be little trace of the shaft. However over the years the branches rotted away and the plug that was able to support itself starts to collapse. The plug would have started to sag (underground) from the middle crumble and climbs to the top (looks like a dome from inside the shaft) till eventually it can't support itself anymore. 

When a body is found in a shaft, people ask 'Why would/did he go down there', sometimes it was curiosity, most probably the ground collapsed under them. If you out and about in the goldfields and you know that shafts have been dug there and you hear or feel (go with your feelings) the ground is hollow below you, it is. Stay away from depressions in the ground, look at the soil for indications that it has been disturbed. Only the 'known' shafts have been mapped and even less frequently fenced! 

Wandering around with the earphones on listening for that faint whisper of gold is great, but, do take the time to look up occasionally, observe where you are. Even the best GPS unit wont get you back to the car from the bottom of a 60' shaft, your phone won't work and with a couple of broken bones you won't be climbing out either.

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Re: Link to Youtube vid about old hidden shafts (Tarnagulla)
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2018, 19:17 »
A little similar was when i was prospecting on private property just out of Dalesford.
After 4” of rain over night i noticed i was sinking into the ground. The owner said that i shouldn’t stand there as i was on a 400 ft shaft that he had put a tree across and covered up. He used it to run his sink water into.
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Re: Link to Youtube vid about old hidden shafts (Tarnagulla)
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2018, 19:52 »
Can relate to Rays experience,used to park at spot in Amherst many years ago all shallow diggings.Went back last year a big mesh cover over my parking spot.I kid you not the shaft was over 100 feet deep.

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