Miner's Right

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Copy of a Commemorative Miners' Right, 1904 Federation University Historical Collection

The Miner's Right replaced the Gold License on 01 May 1855 and cost one pound per annum. a digger holding a Miner's Right could dig for gold, and had the right to take a parcel of land and erect a cottage on it with garden. It also gave the right to graze animals on a Goldfield Commons, and on vacant Crown Land.


Miner's Rights, 1923

Any person may obtain a Miner's Right upon payment of the sum of Two shillings and sixpence at the receipt and Pay Office, treasury, Melbourne, at any Clerk's of Court's office, or from any other issuer of Miner's rights. Such rights shall remain in force for one year.[1]
The holder of a Miner's Right is entitled to take possession for gold-mining purposed of such areas of Crown lands as the By-laws permit. He is also entitled, subject to such By-laws, to cut, construct and use races, dams , and reservoirs for mining purposes through and upon any Crown lands, and to take or divert waster from any spring, lake, pool or stream situate or flowing through or adjoining Crown lands, and to use such water for mining for gold, and for his domestic use. Also to cut any live or dead timber, except blackwood, and to remove the same, subject to Section VII of the Forest Acts 1928, and to remove any stone or gravel fro mining purposes, and for building for himself any place of residence or of business, or of fuel or otherwise for his personal use, from any Crown lands not exempted from occupation for mining.[2]
Every holder of a Miner's Right shall, during the continuance thereof, be entitled to occupy on any gold-field, for the purpose of residence, so much of the Crown lands (not otherwise excepted) as proscribed by the By-laws, and to put up and at any time remove any building or other erection.[3]


References

  1. Bragwanath, B., Mahoney, D.J., Howitt, A.M.and Kenny, J.P.L., Guide for Prospectors in Victoria, Department of Mines, Victoria, 1931, p 70.
  2. Bragwanath, B., Mahoney, D.J., Howitt, A.M.and Kenny, J.P.L., Guide for Prospectors in Victoria, Department of Mines, Victoria, 1931, p 70.
  3. Bragwanath, B., Mahoney, D.J., Howitt, A.M.and Kenny, J.P.L., Guide for Prospectors in Victoria, Department of Mines, Victoria, 1931, p 71.