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Museum seeks information on mine model
Museum seeks information on mine model

Leonora Shire is seeking information on a three-dimensional model of the Sons of Gwalia Mine in its possession.

The model, which shows the 37 underground levels of the mine, is a significant object in the collection at Gwalia.

Gwalia Museum contract curator Jacqui Sherriff said the model was constructed in 1938 by Bewick Moreing & Co which operated the Sons of Gwalia Mine from 1897 to 1963.

“The model was one of the many objects and documents left behind in the mine office when the mine closed, ” Ms Sherriff said.

The model was built using an old fashioned method of computer modelling at a scale of one inch – 100 feet.

“It is fabricated from timber and glass and there is a horizontal glass panel representing each of the levels, ” she said.

“Each panel has hand painted lettering giving details of the lodes and shoots, diamond drilling bore holes and the location of ‘country rock’ and sheared epidiorite rock (gold bearing rock).”

The Sons of Gwalia Mine is now owned and managed by the Shire of Leonora as a museum and tourist site.

If anyone has any information on the Gwalia Mine model they are asked to contact contract curator Jacqui Sherriff by emailing or phoning 0400 050 115.

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