Mining in the bad old days

On the way back to Adels Grove, we stopped by an abandoned mine called Lilydale. Back in the turn of the 20th Century, Lilydale was a silver, lead and zinc mine that supported hundreds of miners. The only problem (and it was a big one) was lack of water. The nearest creek or river was at least 10km away, and as a consequence many miners died of thirst, and the mine was eventually abandoned.

Lilydale Mine

All that was left were the trenches where they dug, the small mounds of slag, and the odd scrap of metal.

Lilydale Mine

As with many ventures in the Outback, this was one that nature won.

Lilydale Mine

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