Blackwood gold maps

Blackwood gold map

Gold was discovered in Jackson’s Gully, Blackwood on the 14th of November, 1854. Teamsters Harry Athorn and Harry Hider were searching for a group of bullocks that were generally known to be strayed in the bush, having gotten away from earlier carters. While stopped for lunch, they were surprised to discover gold in the clear water of the creek! They collected as much of it as they could see and returned with the gold and two bullocks, blazing a trail on the way out so they could return with more prospectors, equipment and supplies.