Bright Pictorial Heritage 1850 to 2011

Canyon Gold Sluicing Site

About this Project
Brief History of Bright
Historical Timeline
Old Tobacco Sheds and Gold Museum
Boys' Camp
Bright Cemetery
Courthouse and Lockup
Beautiful Trees in Bright
Memorial Arboretum
Gold Mining
Canyon Gold Sluicing Site
Freeburgh and Germantown
Baker's Gully Reserve
Bright Railway 1890 to 1983
Early Horseraces
Early Miniature Car Races
Huggin's Lookout
Clear Spot, Apex, Tower Hill Lookouts
Walking Tracks
References and Bibliography

The Canyon Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Site consists of a large excavation containing a network of pebble dumps and tail races. The tail races have been cut through a ridge of Bedrock from the open pit to the River Ovens. Water for sluicing would have been delivered to the site by water races and then directed at the gold bearing deposits. The technology was introduced into Victoria in about 1855. The main period for hydraulic sluicing on the Ovens at Bright was during the 1870s-80s.

How is it significant?

The Canyon Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Site is of historical, archaeological and scientific importance to the State of Victoria.

Why is it significant?

The Canyon Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Site is historically and scientifically important as a characteristic and well preserved example of an early form of gold mining. Gold mining sites are of crucial importance for the pivotal role they have played since 1851 in the development of Victoria. Hydraulic sluicing of alluvial gold deposits is an important key ingredient in an understanding of gold mining technology as it was employed in country where water was plentiful and perennial.

The Canyon Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Site is archaeologically important for its potential to yield artefacts and evidence which will be able to provide significant information about the cultural history of gold mining and the gold seekers themselves.

A signed walking track follows the Ovens River past the sluice site, reached from the Star Bridge.

2008 Relics of canyon digging

2008 Canyon diggings

2010* Site of sluice on Ovens River

2010* Footbridge over Ovens River, sluice site

Comments welcome, to  Bob Padula