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2017 AGM and Lisle Field Trip
March 18, 2017 @ 09:00 - 17:00
The 2017 PMAT AGM will be beld at Lisle, in north-eastern Tasmania, on Saturday 18th March 2017, starting at 9:00 am.
Lisle is the site of the largest alluvial goldfield in Tasmania’s history. Towards the middle of 1878, Charles Bessell together with Alfred and Edwin Thomas discovered gold in the Lisle basin, and the discovery triggered a rush of 2,500 diggers within 12 months. Several years later, in 1885, there were still 2,000 men working the field, and the town that sprung up had several hotels and stores, as well as multiple bakeries, three butchers, a post office, a police station and a church. The field is thought to have produced over 200,000 ounces of alluvial gold. The Forestry Commission bulldozed the remaining buildings to make way for pine plantations in the 50s and 60s, so very little remains to be seen of the once-bustling town.
The main mineral of interest in Lisle is still gold, but sapphires and occasional rubies have also been found. The Lisle goldfield was notable for the lack of any nuggets, with most of the gold being very fine. The best tools for the job will be pans and small river sluices, depending on how mobile you want to be.
- We will meet at 8:30 – 9:00 at Jackeys Picnic Ground, which is on Lisle Road at the junction with Bessells Road and Parsons Road.
- The AGM will start at 9:00. We may have a short general meeting afterwards to discuss any other, non-AGM business.
- Hopefully by 10:00 we can fan out and prospect. There is a significant area under mining lease in Lisle (20M/1997), and we DO NOT have permission to fossick in the lease. We will have maps available on the day of where the lease boundaries are and where you shouldn’t go. We have permission to fossick inside Tamar Gold’s exploration licence and much of the rest is currently under ERA, which is ok to fossick in.
- There may be significant abandoned mining works in the area. Please take good care to watch where you step. Some old open-cuts are unstable and it’s advisable not to approach them.
- Other than inside the Lisle basin, nearby Cradle and Tobacco creek produced coarser gold (perhaps detectable), and there are also the Denison and Golconda goldfields.
How to get there
From Launceston travel north, through Rocherlea, on Lilydale Road (B81). Pass Lilydale and once you get to Golconda, turn south on Virginia Road, a dirt road. You can also keep going on B81 to Nabowla and turn south on Lisle Road.
Field Trip Rules
- Stay out of the mining lease.
- The area is very dry and the trip will be in late summer. No fires are to be lit.
- Bring your own food and water. There is no drinking water at Lisle.
- Please take extreme care when wandering about in the scrub as there may be shafts and pits that are difficult to see. Don’t approach unstable faces.
- The area may contain historical mining heritage dating back to the 1870s. Please be respectful of this.