Note: At Specimen Hill, Nine Mile Springs (Lefroy) the first alluvial gold was discovered by Samuel Richards in the year I869 (reef gold was actually identified in 1867). Production was mainly restricted to the Native Youth, Chum, Volunteer and New Pinafore Reef mines. The news of this brought the first big rush to Nine Mile Springs. A township quickly developed beside the present main road from Bell Bay to Bridport, and dozens of miners pegged out claims there and at nearby Back Creek. Samuel Richards's Specimen Hill find was alluvial gold. However most of the gold in the Nine Mile Springs area was bonded to quartz below the surface. Consequently, companies moved in to crush the ore. Lefroy Goldfield became the first profitable goldfield. Gold was initially found at Cabbage Tree Hill (N) in 1870, (later renamed Brandy Creek which became Beaconsfield in 1879) . ANOTHER LEFROY NUGGET HANDSOME GOLD SPECIMEN. LEFROY, Tuesday. Lanham and Merritt, working in the alluvial on the Nugget Company's ground, have found a handsome goldFix this text specimen weighing three ounces 11 penny weights, just below the site of the com pany's new shaft. Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) Wednesday 8 November 1905 Edition: DAILY. p 2 Article THE LEFROY FIELD Messrs. Stubbs are the only employers of labour at their land workings (writes a Lefroy correspondent). Mr. W. Lan ham is sluicing the old alluvial workings at the foot of Boulder Hill, and making the most of the water. In his workings he is disclosing a lot of lode stone, giv ing prospects of gold by crushing, while occasional pieces show gold freely to the eye. When he cleans up I shall not be surprised if he gets some very rich stuff. One thing, it is almost a certainty there is a rich lode in the hill. 'Twvo or three parties are prospecting, but the recent weather has been too big a handicap for any useful work. At Back Creek, Mr. G. Hearn and manFix this text are sluicing the old white lead working, which in the past rendered thousands of ounces of gold. It is sumoured that Mr. Matthews, the purchaser of the late Mr. Barrow's farm, has pegged out a section, and has capital at the back of him to work it. The Lefroy district is anything but dead. - -e Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) Saturday 27 August 1910 Edition: DAILY p 4 Article Index to Births, Deaths & Marriages in "The Examiner", Volume 4, 1926-1930 , Age given as 72); Husband of Elizabeth LANHAM, 18th & 19th July 1930 Editions. Carr Villa Memorial Park Trust, Burial & Cremation Records 1905 - 2001 , Age given as (72), B7/234 - [1/2]. The towns of Adamsfield and Gordonvale were built to house the miners, their families and associated businesses resulting from the discovery and mining of Osmiridium, a mineral worth approximatley seven times that of gold in the decades leading up to the second world war. Osmiridium, a naturally occuring mineral, was used to manufacture fountain pen nibs, poisonous gases and jewellery. It was also used for medical and dental purposes and later in the electronics industry. FUNERAL NOTICES LANHAM.-Frlends are respectfully in vited to follow the remains of the Iate Mr. William Stephlen Lanham to the place of interment, Carr Villa Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to leave his late residence, 124 Wellington-street, to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon at 3 o'clock.--AR'THUR DOOLAN, Undertaker, in conjunction with Alex. Fyle and Sons. Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900-1954) Saturday 19 July 1930 Mrs, E. Lanham and family, of 124 Wellington Street, Launceston, desire to tender their sincere thanks to all kind friends mid relatives for letters, tele- grams, cards, and floral tributes; especially Mrs. Pitfield and W. O'May, Fitzgerald,-in-their recent sad .bereavement, , The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Tuesday 26 August 1930 p 1 Family Notices
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