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illustrated.1869 Excerpt: ... m.--OUR COLONIAL GOLD-FIELDS. The
following information is taken chiefly from the Colonization
Circular for 1869: --1. Victoria.--About one-third of the colony,
or an area of nearly 30,000 square miles, is supposed to have gold
under its surface; but of this area only a tenth has, as yet, been
laid open to miners, and less than one three-hundredth, or about
600,000 acres, has been actually opened up. Many of the parts
require more elaborate mechanical working and more scientific skill
than are possessed by ordinary gold-seekers. The whole colony, with
the exception of the immediate vicinity of Melbourne, is divided,
for mining purposes, into seven principal districts. "Miners'
Rights," or licences, are granted for any number of years not
exceeding fifteen, at the rate of 5 a year, and about 600,000 have
hitherto been issued. "In each of the seven mining districts there
is a legislative body termed a Mining Board. These boards are
empowered to make bye-laws, applicable to the district generally,
with respect to mining affairs and occupation under business
licences. Each of these boards consists of ten members, four of
whom retire from each board annually by rotation, when their places
are supplied by the election of four others to fill the vacancies,
or by the re-election of the retiring members. The members of the
mining boards are elected by ballot, and each male holder of a '
Miner's Eight' is entitled to a vote. Each district has its
separate Court of Mines, which is a Court of Record, and is
presided over by a District Judge. One of the judges of the Supreme
Court is appointed to act as Chief Judge of the Court of Mines. The
Courts of Mines have jurisdiction to hear and determine all suits
cognizable by a court of law or by a court of equity which ...
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