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Posted by John Wilson on August 04, 2018 at 16:02:09 user hugo.

In Reply to: Re: NUGGET of GOLD posted by John Wilson on August 01, 2018 at 20:42:23:

When the prospectors go up from Mrs Tysons and Titty sees High Topps she could "hardly speak .... she knew she was looking at a Klondyke, an Alaska .... ". The later 19th-century saw gold-rushes in America (Alaska, California), Australia, Canada (the Yukon), and New Zealand (Otago and the West Coast; goldminers got their own Goldfields electorate in the 1860s). But the scene of the Yukon, Canada gold rush in 1897-99 is called Klondike not Klondyke according to Wikipedia!

The gold rushes were for alluvial gold where prospectors could (sometimes!) make their fortune with a pan or cradle to recover the gold among the rocks and stones (or floating gold dredges in some New Zealand rivers). Mining for gold meant mines and also stamper batteries to break up the ore, so requiring companies or syndicates.

I doubt if English law had to cope with alluvial gold and gold rushes, but canít say for certain that there was no legal provision for "staking a claim" as the SADMC did! And while the Lake District did have many copper mines, I find it hard to imagine cartloads or truckloads (?) of copper ore leaving Jim and Timothyís mine to be refined elsewhere!

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