The area depicted is believed to be 'Oriental Claims' at Omeo, This area of ground was worked by the Oriental Company by hydraulic sluicing for recovering alluvial gold between 1876 and 1904. The hydraulic sluicing process used high pressure water nozzles to wash gold bearing sediments into a sluice box for recovery of the gold and caused extensive environmental damage. The process was eventually abandoned on the Oriental claims around 1912 due to concerns about damage caused by run-off into Livingstone Creek and declining gold returns.

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A man standing on a wooden water flume crossing a deeply eroded gully or part of a worked out alluvial gold mining lease in a bush setting. The flume appears to carry a water race across a gully and is supported by a 2-span timber stringer bridge with a single tall timber tressle pier.

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