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At the turn of the 19th century, the Hill 50 gold mine near Mt Magnet in Western Australia was the dominant mine in the area. It was regarded as a mine which would last forever. Through good times and bad, depressions and boom, its fortunes ebbed and waned. From it decline during the war years it raised itself back up to be Australia’s most profitable mine in the late 1950s.

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When Hill 50 closed in 1976, it had produced 1.4 million ounces of gold from 3.6 million tonnes of ore for a value of A$700 million.

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The once proud head frame stood silent witness as a procession of new owners tried their fortune.

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The years have seen the surrounding landscape torn apart in the relentless quest for gold until only a small island of what once was, remained.

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When the moon was full it was sometimes possible to glimpse the phantom miners as they started their shift and hear the strained protests of the old winder as it hauled it’s ghostly ore from the dark recesses below.

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Truly a piece of Australian mining history and a testament to the dogged determination and pioneering spirit of those that came before us.

So today……..

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    We blew it up!

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During the day the plant looks just plain dusty and dirty, but at photographed at night it can take on a bit of a fairy tale look. (and to all the puritan’s out there, yes I’m a bad person, I added the Milky Way in the post processing)

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Thick fog and floodlights gave the trucks on the ‘go’ line a prehistoric look the other morning.

All photos hand held with ISO 1600, f2.5 and 1/15 – 1/20 sec

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John Williamson (Australian songwriter and performer) got it in one.  The night sky this week has been amazing, almost sad to have to fly back to windy wet Perth.

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Mt Magnet goldfields tonight. When the night sky looks like this it’d be criminal to spend the precious few hours of free time sitting in a small donger watching TV.

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An old miner’s hut on the northern goldfields of Western Australia.  Dirt floor, drafty, cold in winter, hot in summer but on a cool evening under a full moon it must have felt like a palace

 

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