Tom Tansey lived in Beechworth during the 1930s. He lived in Camp St and when he walked to the end of the street it was just a hop, step and jump to Reidy Creek where the photo shows Tom, on the left, indulging in his hobby of sluicing for gold with his friend Rex Thompson. His hobby might have been fishing when he lived in Traralgon but now it was the search for gold.
Tom was looking for alluvial gold in the creek bed or trapped in the fissures in the rocks. After filling his barrow with soil and rocks he would then use water to wash away the relatively lighter soil and leave behind particles of gold. For this he could either use a small round pan or a larger sluice. They both did the same job of separating the heavier gold from the lighter soil – the sluice just coped with larger quantities. Alas, Tom didn’t make his fortune.
These two images from the State Library of Victoria show miners using the two methods.
And finally an image of three miners from a Beechworth History page to complement this week’s theme image of three miners out fishing which Sepia Saturday had used. These three look as though they were having a fine old time.
Go to the links on Sepia Saturday for more tall tales and true of miners and anglers