Historic Daydream Mine
History will come alive as you drive along the road through the Appollyon Valley thinking "how did they find this mine?" Then coming over the hill to view the magnificent smelter built by the Daydream Mining Association and used by Broken Hill. Then the old township which once had a population of approx 500.
The Day Dream Mine, one of the principle mines on the field is situated about 16km's in a Northerly direction from Silverton. Years before the prospectors ventured into the Barrier, the lonely shepherds on the out-stations of the Mundi Mundi Run wandered over the spot. Here and there cairns of stone have been thrown together as landmarks, but flock tenders had little knowledge of the treasures at their feet.
Two of the old pioneers of Thackaringa, W. Sinclair and Joe Meech pushed out north into the ranges in the hope of finding another Gypsy Girl or Umberumberka. Days were passed on short supplies of food and often only a pint of water a day, until their perseverance was rewarded by by finding what is now known as the Appollyon Mine (December 1875).
A camp was pitched in the neighbourhood and a further search made for lodes which the surface indicated in almost every direction. Sinclair's version of the discovery is that a tacit understanding existed between the two partners that they should choose opposite directions and report findings to each other in the evening camp.
Joe Meech found the Day Dream or Meech's Blow as it was originally known by, pegged it out and registered it in another name and claimed the hole. A law-suit resulted between the two partners in 1881-1882 which was carried out in Sydney. Meech sold one-third of his interest for one thousand pounds and gave another to some Melbourne speculator to carry out the law proceedings. In the meantime Barrier Ranges Mining Association stepped in and purchased a portion of the mine and terminated what gave every promise of protected litigation.
The Association acquired eight-tenths of the claim in August 1884, the two other tenths being held by Messers Bagot and Co. of Adelaide. The dual proprietors decided upon floating it as a company. The change was made for the more effective working of the Property. The capital of the company was fixed at ninety thousand pounds in 72,000 shares of one pound-five shillings each. They were issued at one pound and paid up 64,000 to the Barrier Ranges Association, being share for the share on the stock of that proprietary and 8,000 to Bagot and Co.
Historic Daydream Mine
12 kilometres off Silverton Road, Apollyon Valley, NSW 2880
Open 7 days a week.
- Underground only - $25 per person
- Surface only - $8 per person
- Underground and surface
- Adults - $30, seniors & pensioners - $28
- Children - $10, students 16 yrs+ - $25
- Duration approx 1hr 15 mins
- Bookings welcome anytime.
- Standard hours 10am & 11:30am only unless prior arrangements are made.
School holidays (NSW, SA, VIC) 10am to last tour 3pm.
- Tours go approximately each hour.
- For transport to the mine for tours contact www.bhoutbacktours.com.au
Who should go?
The Historic Daydream Mine is suitable for people of all ages.
How to get there:
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Upcoming Events & What's On around Historic Daydream Mine
17 May to 31 May Lodge Outback MotelBroken Hill
A pop-up exhibition featuring work of local Broken Hill artists Albert Woodroffe and Wayne Williams. The exhibition is hosted at the Lodge Outback... more
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