Buried seams of gold lay hidden beneath Cornish Hill
On this Cornish Hill Reserve of 38 hectares were dozens of stand-alone mines. Gold in the Daylesford area was found as alluvial gold in the streams and gullies on the creek flats below. When this source was exhausted, the miners realised that underneath the basalt rocks from the Wombat Hill volcano were buried stream beds containing the same gold. This was extracted by open-cut methods or by mining horizontally into the hill following the route of the ancient stream beds. Then as mining knowledge advanced, they found the sources of the gold in reefs underground.
- Assorted documents from Daylesford & District Historical Society & others