Model showing details of the Port Phillip Quartz Mine and Gold Works at Clunes as they appeared in December 1858. The model was made by Carl E. Nordstrom in 1858 and shows the workings to a depth of 54 feet (16.46 meters).
The scale of the model is 0.38 (3/8) Inches to 1 foot (1:32).
Large plaster mining scene on hill environment with mine shafts, wooden structures, figures and horses. Designed to be viewed in the round. Inside blonde wood case with 4 glass sides and lighting overhead.
Transfer from National Museum of Victoria, 1899
Originally acquired through a Commission from Mr Carl E. Nordström.
Type of item
1417 mm (Width), 2890 mm (Depth), 1010 mm (Height)
Approximate dimensions of model only.
1601 mm (Width), 3004 mm (Depth), 1865 mm (Height)
Dimensions of display case, including power plug on top of case (70mm approx) but without travel stillage. Height measurement without power plug and stillage: 1795mm. Height measurement including power plug and stillage: 2035mm.
Richard Aitken is a Melbourne-based architect and historian. As the Thomas Ramsay Science and Humanities Scholar during 1988-89 he studied the mining collection of the National Museum of Victoria. He has published widely in the fields of garden history, heritage conservation, public history and material culture and is currently co-editing the Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens.
[Book] Woodland, John G. 2001. Sixteen tons of Clunes gold; a history of the Port Philllip and Colonial Gold Mining Company., 2001, 37-39; 41, 43 Pages
[Thesis] Aitken, Richard. 1990. 'The Mining Collections of the National Museum of Victoria: 1856-1871., 1990
[Book] McCoy, Frederick. 1869. Descriptive Catalogue of the Mining, Metallurgical, Geological & Agricultural Models in the National Museum., 1869
[Chapter] Aitken, Richard. The National Museum of Victoria Mining Collection, in Rasmussen, Carolyn. A Museum for the People: A History of Museum Victoria., 2001