Scott Creek Trivia:
the more serious pages on this web site up and running, we have
taken the time to give you a little "Scott Creek Trivia" - some are those queer sort of facts which used to inhabit "Ripley's
believe or not" pages, others just scrimshaw from the past.
A Short history of Almanda Mine, or "Boom to bust" in just a few years
Hobart Mercury, 19th June, 1868
The Wheal Maria Mine, in which silver was discovered, as reported in yesterday's telegram, is to be called the Almanda Silver Mine, and is to be worked by a new company, about to be formed.
The Argus, Thursday, 27th August, 1868
We have been informed that the three freehold sections of Mrs. MacKeith, immediately adjoining the Almanda Mine, have been secured by an influential proprietary, who intend at once taking active measures towards developing the
lode opened near the creek, and opening up the hill, which they are sanguine is a parallel lode to that of the
famed Almanda. The two freehold properties contiguous to the Almanda, viz., MacKeith's and Mildwater's, are
now likely to be subjected to a thorough search for the precious metal. A new venture, called Nevada, was
offering on Monday, embracing the property in the vicinity of Mildwater's. The meeting of the proprietors of the
Almanda alluded to in yesterday's Register, took place on Monday, when the assays were duly submitted......
The reported results of the assays of surface stones brought from the property, which is situated near the
Almanda silver mine, was considered so favourable that it was determined to send Captain Bryant to further
develop the property.
...For Almanda shares there were transactions at sixteen to eighteen pounds, and for the Potoni at one pound (premium).
The Argus, Wednesday, 14th October, 1868
A heavy lot of silver has been brought in from the Almanda mine. The late crushings have averaged 27oz. to the ton.
Hobart Mercury, Wednesday, 16th September, 1868
The Almanda Mine continues to yield well, and director hope to send 1,200 ounces of silver to London by the next mail steamer.
The Argus, Thursday, 26th November, 1868
The discovery of the Almanda Silver Mine in South Australia seems likely to be attended very early with some of
those important consequences which were spoken of in this journal a few weeks ago as likely to follow the success
of that company. We pointed out that they were losing enormous quantities of silver from the defectiveness of their apparatus and appliances; and we have since learned that by the introduction of Wheeler's pans-although these are
better adapted for saving gold, and are far from being perfect machines for the use to which they have been applied
at Almanda-the percentage of silver obtained per ton of stone has largely increased. The quantity originally
obtained per ton has now been brought up to considerably over forty ounces, and gold in considerable quantities
has since been found in the amalgam, although no trace of that mineral was obtainable in the first samples
submitted to analysis.
We now learn, from Adelaide that the Potosi Company, which is situated at some two or three miles distance
above the Almanda, have had some excellent crushings. On the other side, below the Almanda, a large
section of ground has been taken up, and is known as the Makereth Silver Mine. It lies upon the creek known as Scott's,
which, at a short distance further down, falls into the Onkaparinga river. This mine lies east from the Almanda,
close to its boundary, and some couple of months ago some valuable silver lodes (which are also supposed to be
argentiferous) were discovered in it. Another portion of the ground, extending to over seventeen acres, lying
immediately west of the Almanda, and between it and the Potosi, has been taken up by the Ballarat and
Almanda Silver-mining Company, who propose to work it with a capital of £20.000, in shares of £2 each.
The ground is stated to have been proved very satisfactorily, and the project of working it with mixed
South Australian and Victorian capital seems to have been well received both in Ballarat and "under the verandah."
The Argus, Thursday, Friday, 8th January, 1869 (advertisement)
Perth Gazette, 7th May, 1869
Over 2,000 ounces of silver has been brought down from the Almanda Mine. New and powerful machinery
is being got ready and the prospects of the mine seems ver(y) favorable.
Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday, 13th July, 1869
The new machinery at the Almanda Mine is working well, and the results are reported satisfactory.
The machinery at the Potoni (sic) Mine is about starting.
Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday, 12th January, 1870
The weather is very hot, the thermometer standing 109 in the shade. ...The Almanda mine has stopped working.
The South Australian Advertiser, Saturday, 2nd April, 1870
The Potosi Mine Company is to be wound up.
The Argus (Melbourne) Wednesday, 20th September, 1871
The Almanda Mine realises, at auction, fifty pounds.
"Snakes" -report from the Advertiser, 7th November, 1902
"Scott's Creek Two snakes have been killed here during the last few days - a brown one in the school yard and a black one at the post-office. Each measured nearly 5 feet. The crops of strawberries promised to be good, but heat has badly scorched a lot of fruit, and made it unmarketable."
Pictured left, the Scott Creek Post Office in 1902, scene of the Black Snake Killing of 1902. Were snakes really so uncommon in Scott Creek by this time, or was there some one with no copy looking desperately for something to report? We'll never know.
Picture courtesy of the National Archives, Image no. : B5919, 1870
Earthquake- Scott's Creek, Adelaide Advertiser, September 22nd, 1902
A very distinct shock of earthquake was felt here at about a few minutes past 8 o'clock this evening. It appeared to travel in an easterly direction. The rumble was as distinct as thunder. A resident who was driving home described the sensation as much the same as driving over rough cobble stones. In houses the shock was most severely felt. Anything loose rattled violently, and small ornaments were thrown from the mantle-shelves, dresses, &c.
"Ice an Inch Thick" -report from the Advertiser, July 11th, 1903
Scott's Creek. At 1 pm yesterday, ice one inch thick was taken from a horse trough. Some damage to early potatoes
and lemon and orange trees has resulted from the frosts.
||" Foxes at Scott Creek" -reports from the Advertiser
SCOTT'S CREEK, July 17th, 1903
Reports have been made of foxes having crossed the Onkaparinga into this district. Two or three have been seen in the neighborhood of the old Almanda mine, and Mr. Boehm, (manager of Mr. Wood's estate) reports that he found three lambs and two ewes dead, and with their tongues eaten out.
FOXES AT SCOTT'S CREEK, March 27,1906
Foxes have at last reached this place. Recently two were shot at, but escaped, but on Sunday morning at Ironbank one was secured. Mr. Brown was suspicious that something had taken his fowls on Saturday night, and on Sunday morning, hearing a commotion, he went outside and found that his dogs had killed a fine fox. It is feared that if foxes once get a footing in these ranges their extermination will be simply impossible, as there is so much cover for them in the rough country.
"Snow and floods at Scott's Creek" the Advertiser 4th July, 1904
June 1st Scott's Creek -The past week has been the coldest and wettest experienced here for years. From Tuesday morning to Thursday night 3.39 inches of rain fell. On Wednesday evening a storm of cyclonic force, with heavy rains, but fortunately of short duration,swept up the valley. Its ravages were confined to a width of about a quarter of a mile.
It was most severely felt on Woodville estate, where Mr. Boehm reports trees 18 in. in diameter were up-rooted, while tremendous limbs were broken off other trees, resulting in the death of five lambs. The creek has been down a banker, and most of the low-lying land has been completely inundated. Much ground has been washed away, but not so much damage has been done as would have been the case had the ground been dug for planting. Snow fell all day on Thursday, but heavy rain and wet ground prevented it from lying about for any length of time.
cottage and its windows
The opportunity to see Mackereth
cottage as it was, with its windows open to the world are gone. The windows were of just two sizes, and other than this size difference, they all looked strangely identical.
explanation for this is that work on Mackereth cottage began in
1838 when glaziers weren't common in the colony of South
Australia, so the windows were imported fully made in the sailing
ships of the day. They were only available in two sizes - the ones
which you could once see in the cottage.
Mackereth was not a builder by trade, so we imagine anything that
helped him his home in such a difficult situation would have been
very much appreciated.