Our walk will be around the old diggings, guided by Numeralla local Jim Wharton.
The first report of gold deposits on the Monaro was in 1858, on the Numeralla River. The Big Badja diggings were not worked until 1861. In 1866 there were diggings extending about three kilometres north of Numeralla along the river but neither area had gold in large deposits, and by 1868 mining numbers had dropped; the only fossickers left there were reported to be Chinese.
In 1892 the Big Badja Sluicing Company started operations and mining again became an important part of the local economy. The activity lasted until 1897.
Lunch will be either at the diggings or in Numeralla.
If you are interested in attending this activity please contact the leader by clicking this link to email the Geehi Bushwalking Club before 26 June 2019.
Sources: Numeralla and District Activities Incorporated