Miner's driving poll pick used in Victoria for alluvial gold mining, circa 1860s.

The single-headed poll pick was used undergound for driving tunnels and picking out washdirt whilst the double headed pick was used for shaft sinking.

Physical Description

Pick constructed from a ferrous metal head and long wood handle. The head has a long thin point at one end.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas


  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from National Museum of Victoria

  • Date Used

    Victoria, Australia, 1851-1875
    mid-19th Century

  • Classification

    Mining & metallurgy, Extraction - gold, Hand tools

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Exhibition Collection Management

    745 mm (Length), 460 mm (Width), 60 mm (Height), 2.3 kg (Weight)

  • Overall Dimensions

    74 cm (Length), 43 cm (Width), 4 cm (Height), 2.4 kg (Weight)
    HEAD IS 43 cm ACROSS; HANDLE 69 cm LONG; SQUARE END 3 cm x 2.75 cm; POLL IS 5 cm HIGH.

  • Dimensions

    755 mm (Length), 465 mm (Width), 50 mm (Height)
    Measurement From Conservation. Measuring Method: measured laying flat on the table

  • Maximum dimensions

    49 mm (Length), 452 mm (Width), 750 mm (Height)
    Measurement From Conservation.

  • Keywords

    Economic Geology, Gold Mining, Picks