24) Miners Tent

 Transportable Miners Tent

24) Miners Tent Sam Bellette

Tents and Bark Gunyahs were commonly used by the diggers as they had to always be ready to move on if the lease they were working on dried up. Canvas would have been available, at a price, from the Pedallers who carted most supplies into the goldfields.

This is a tribute to some of the miners of those early days, and the family dynasties they founded in the area. Doc Frederick Ladmore is listed in Greville's Post Office Directory 1872 as a surgeon, with others of his family listed as miners. His wife is purported to have been the local midwife. As a local digger, Doc. Ladmore, sold 8 pounds of gold that assayed out at 23.68 carats (24 carats is pure gold). It is considered to be some of the purest gold found. That discovery allowed Ladmore to purchase a stamp battery that was used to crush ore for all the small mines that could not justify a stamper of their own.

Samuel James Bellette was the son of a first fleeter, (listed on the poster at the Original Gold Rush Colony). Sam Snr finished his time, and went first to Victoria, then Tasmania to try his luck. Young Sam was born in Tasmania, his family then returned to Mogo as miners.

Paddy O'Heir's gunyah typifies the primitive conditions and hard life of the Irish digger. When Paddy first arrived in Mogo to try his luck it was to an area untouched by white settlement and was a lawless, harsh environment. He would have known what it was like to feel cold and hunger. Before he finally found gold and could buy supplies from one of the trading wagons, he would have had to rely on billy tea and damper and whatever he could forage from the area. At that time Ireland was suffering from the devastations caused by the potato blight and famine of 1845. Many young Irish males came to the new world to seek their fortune. Others were transported for theft of as little as a heel of bread to feed their families.