|Looking down on the site|
|The hidden stumps|
Soon after coming down from the hill, one of the youngsters pointed out a row of old wooden stumps half hidden in the long grass. We had found our first building site. The front of the site was facing the rail line and had been built up with rock and several rows of old floor stumps were still in place giving us an idea of the dimensions of the structure. Shards of broken crockery found about the site suggested this was a residential dwelling, maybe one of the boarding houses which provided accommodation for the miners. With the long grass making the search difficult and the midday heat starting to take its toll, we decided to call it a day and headed back towards the car happy with the knowledge that we had found the likely area where the village once stood. Our little party resolved to return later in the year, after the annual bush fires have cleaned up the long grass, to better investigate this area. But for now, it was off to cool down with a cold drink and a splash in Chillagoe Creek.
|The mines of Zillmanton The mine site today|