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Age Mine Working, Ross Island
It is not above thirty years since a very
rich copper mine was discovered on the borders of this lake, and worked
with very great profit to the proprietors for many years; but what is
greatly to our purpose, is, that on pushing on their works, they found
shafts had been regularly sunk, and implements of mining were found.
These works were ignorantly imputed to the Danes...' (Sylvester
Mining in recent centuries at Ross Island
uncovered older primitive workings which were called the 'Danes Mines'.
Visitor accounts recall 'chambers of rudely vaulted form', worked by
'...kindling large fires on the limestone, thereby reducing it to a
caustic state'. Though badly damaged by subsequent mining, some of these
primitive workings survive today. These include surface and underground
workings in the Western Mine area, and parts of the Blue Hole trench