Hill End Historic Site - Bathurst

Hill End Historie Site is an integral part of an active Community. Over one hundred people currently live in and aroundHill End. Many of these residente proudly trace their ancestry back to the people who lived and worked on this famous goldfield last Century.
Hill End was proclaimed a historic site in 1967 in recognition of its outstanding heritage values. One of the most remarkable things about Hill End is its historical authenticity. Almost all of the buildings here date back to the boom years around 1872.

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Restoration work on these buildings continues to be a high priority in the National Parks and Wildlife Service's management of the site. Since 1967 many of the town's most significant buildings - including the district hospital, Northey's and the Great Western Stores - have been restored and adapted for other uses.

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"Bald Hill is as bald within as it is without", commented a Herald correspondent. The Bald Hill Mine got off to a shaky start in the eariy 1870's. The original application to mine was knocked back on the basis that the hill was an extinct volcano and that diamonds were a more likely yeld.
Subsequent mining soundly vetoed the volcano theory. The mine failed to produce diamonds or, for that matter, gold in any quantity.
Worked intermittently from 1872 on, the mine had a second lease of life at the turn of the century.
As a form of unemployment relief, the government paid out-of-work miners a guaranteed wage to shift tons of solid rock.

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Source: on site information board