Gulgong - Main Street, Canadian Lead 1872

Photo: Holtermann collection

 Only eight kilometres from Gulgong, the Canadian Lead was an alluvial field of deep washdirt and easy digging. The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 April 1872, recorded the rush: '… the Canadian lead where a month ago some four hundred people were, can now boast of a couple of thousands. The Gulgong diggings may be fairly said to be spread over eight square miles.

Ref:  State Library’s Holtermann archive -

John McKenna was a chemist in 1883 at Canadian Lead district of Gulgong.

Ref: Jan Mitchel

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