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El Dorado Museum Association Inc. El Dorado, Victoria

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136 Main Street El Dorado Victoria 3746 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 5725 1542

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Opening Hours

Sunday 2:00 pm- 4:30 pm Most Public Holidays 10 am - 4:00 pm (Except Good Friday and Christmas Day)

Entry Fee

Adults $3 School aged children $2

Location

136 Main Street El Dorado Victoria

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Mining, farming and social history from 1850s to 1950s. Tools, ornaments, furniture, gemstones, mining equipment, vehicles, machinery, documents, clothing, crockery, ephemera, school items and records, war items, money, household goods,

Significance

The collection has been assessed in 2009 as having items of both local and state significance.

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Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer Barge, c.1900s

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of the Cock's Pioneer Gold & Tin Sluicing Co. barge. Shows section of open cut mine with boulders in foreground, fields and bushland behind it.

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer After Flood

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of three men standing next to a tall tree stump beside a large pond after a flood. The men are standing up to their waists in leaves. In the background is the Cocks Pioneer mining barge.

Historical information

Cocks Pioneer Gold and Tin Mines NL (1914-29 and 1934-41) carried out large-scale hydraulic sluicing - electronically driven from power generated at a ​steam power plant. The mine was the second highest dividend-paying mine in Victoria in 1935, with a total gold production of 3,560 kg.

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer, 1907

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of open cut mine used by Cocks Pioneer Electric Gold and Tin Sluicing Company NL, with scaffolding in foreground of image and at rear of pit. Bushland behind mine.

Historical information

Cocks Pioneer Gold and Tin Mines NL (1914-29 and 1934-41) carried out large-scale hydraulic sluicing - electronically driven from power generated at a ​steam power plant. The mine was the second highest dividend-paying mine in Victoria in 1935, with a total gold production of 3,560 kg.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten across front: 'HAROLD S. TEMBY / Photo'; '"COCKS PIONEER" 1907'.

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer Barge

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of the Cock's Pioneer Gold & Tin Sluicing Co showing working barge. Behind the open cut mine site are properties with buildings, and hills with trees on them.

Historical information

Cocks Pioneer Gold and Tin Mines NL (1914-29 and 1934-41) carried out large-scale hydraulic sluicing - electronically driven from power generated at a ​steam power plant. The mine was the second highest dividend-paying mine in Victoria in 1935, with a total gold production of 3,560 kg.

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer Ponds from Monument Hill

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of large ponds used by Cocks Pioneer Electric Gold & Tin Sluicing Company NL, as viewed from Monument Hill. There are small buildings in the foreground and trees on the hills in the background.

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer Ponds, c. 1930s

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of the Cocks Pioneer Electric Gold and Tin Sluicing Company NL open cut mine with large ponds. The site is surrounded by paddocks and trees.

Historical information

Cocks Pioneer Gold and Tin Mines NL (1914-29 and 1934-41) carried out large-scale hydraulic sluicing - electronically driven from power generated at a ​steam power plant. The mine was the second highest dividend-paying mine in Victoria in 1935, with a total gold production of 3,560 kg.

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer New Engines, c.1934

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of large electric engine.

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer Pipes and Open Cut

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of open cut area of Cocks Pioneer open cut mine, showing pipes running through middle of image and large sections of pipes in foreground.

Historical information

Cocks Pioneer Gold and Tin Mines NL (1914-29 and 1934-41) carried out large-scale hydraulic sluicing - electronically driven from power generated at a ​steam power plant. The mine was the second highest dividend-paying mine in Victoria in 1935, with a total gold production of 3,560 kg.

Digital Image - Men at Work on the Tail Race, Cocks Pioneer Mine, El Dorado

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of men working on the construction of a channel in the foreground, with the frame of a building behind them. There are trees in the mountains at the back of the image.

Historical information

Cocks Pioneer Gold and Tin Mines NL (1914-29 and 1934-41) carried out large-scale hydraulic sluicing - electronically driven from power generated at a ​steam power plant. The mine was the second highest dividend-paying mine in Victoria in 1935, with a total gold production of 3,560 kg.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten across the front: 'Cocks Pioneer Mine Eldorado MEN AT WORK ON THE TAIL RACE' / 'THELMA STUDIO / [underlined] WANGARATTA]

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer Creek Diversion

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of men moving river diversion equipment along rails.

Historical information

Cocks Pioneer Gold and Tin Mines NL (1914-29 and 1934-41) carried out large-scale hydraulic sluicing - electronically driven from power generated at a ​steam power plant. The mine was the second highest dividend-paying mine in Victoria in 1935, with a total gold production of 3,560 kg.

Digital Image - The Power Station Cocks Pioneer Mine El Dorado

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white of photograph of Cocks Mine power station buildings with smoke billowing from chimney stack and man walking in front of buildings.

Historical information

Cocks Pioneer Power Station No. 2 was established in 1914 and located near junction of Reid's and Clear Creeks, Byawatha.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on front: 'THE POWER STN COCKS, PIONEER MINE, ELDORADO' / 'THELMA STUDIO / [underlined] WANGARATTA'

Digital Image - Horse team - Cocks Pioneer Gold and Tin Mines NL

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of group of men working with horses to dig out dry river bed. There is a small farm house in a paddock in the background with trees behind it.

Historical information

Cocks Pioneer Gold and Tin Mines NL (1914-29 and 1934-41) carried out large-scale hydraulic sluicing - electronically driven from power generated at a steam power plant. The mine was the second highest dividend-paying mine in Victoria in 1935, with a total gold production of 3,560 kg.

Digital Image - Altering course of Reedy Creek, El Dorado

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of men with using horse and scoops to alter the course of the creek. Some men are standing beside the dry river watching the men work. At the back of the image there are hills with trees growing on them.

Historical information

Cocks Pioneer Gold and Tin Mines NL (1914-29 and 1934-41) carried out large-scale hydraulic sluicing - electronically driven from power generated at a ​steam power plant. The mine was the second highest dividend-paying mine in Victoria in 1935, with a total gold production of 3,560 kg.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten across the front: 'Altering course of creek. Eldorado'

Digital Image - Processing shed and sluicing nozzle, probably Clear Creek Tin Mine

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of processing shed with man standing in front of it operating a sluicing nozzle. Water is spraying into rocks in right side of image.

Digital Image - Clear Creek Tin Mine, c.1931

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of four men wearing hats standing in front of a large machine.

Digital Image - Clear Creek Tin Mine dugout

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of two men sitting on chairs outside a timber dugout at a mine.

Digital Image - Clear Creek Dam

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of dam near mine, a long wooden sluice is in front of the dam. The hills at the back are covered in trees.

Digital Image - Clear Creek Tin Mine, c.1931

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of scaffolding surrounding chimney of mine, between trees on left side of image and rock face on right.

Moustache brush, comb and mirror in wooden case

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Silver match case and wax matches

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Iron, tailor's

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Brush and Crumb Tray

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Metal decorative crumb tray and painted red brush.

Plate, green Majolica pottery

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Large green plate made from Majolica pottery, back stamped with "Minton".

Inscriptions & Markings

Back stamped: "Minton"

Teapot, pewter

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Large pewter teapot.

Cup, Saucer & Bowl, fine porcelain china

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Three piece cup set cup, saucer and bowl, fine porcelain china with red rim and decorative Japanese scenes.

Lamp, vaporising

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Small lamp

Scales, letter

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Small set of letter scales.

Ink well, book shape

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Small, gold coloured, book shaped inkwell holder, with two glass inkwells (one is removable) and a small removable brush.

Book - School Primer

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Small book with black cover with floral print and black and white text and images inside.

Historical information

School Primer for El Dorado State School, used in 1898 by Charlie Milne.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten title page: "Charlie Milne 1898 & 1899"

Burwood Pipe

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Burwood pipe.

Historical information

Brought out from Scotland c1850s and used by the Milne family.