Western Goldfields Mining lease applications

1872 – 1873
Arranged alphabetically by Lease Applicant
These applications have been reprinted from the
New South Wales Government Gazette 1873
Pages 1744 – 1778
Kindly retyped and transcribed Russell Dorhauer 2016


Government Gazettes are a unique, useful and extremely fascinating resource for local, family and social historians and researchers in other fields throughout Australia. They were published by the government as a means of communication to officials and the general public and therefore contain information that is of great use in establishing an image of the colony of New South Wales and its people in the past. They have information covering a broad spectrum of the community with important details and facts on thousands of people.

You will find details on land transactions, court notices, notice of acts, tenders and contracts, police auctions of stolen property, statistics, unclaimed letters, impoundments of cattle and horses, reward notices and more.

In the 1873 issue, on pages 1744 – 1778 there is a compilation of records concerning the Western Goldfields, showing the lease Number, the Applicant and the locality of the lease. It also includes the area of the lease applied for and whether it was alluvial or quartz. This listing is in no particular order that is easy to access, other than by browsing.

To make this task easier volunteer Russell Dorhauer undertook to retype the entire list, which took approximately 100 hours over 5 weeks early in 2016. This retyped list was then able to be sorted by lease applicant and also by location, providing a valuable reference source for those who are seeking information about their ancestors who may have had a mining lease in the Western Goldfields district, or about a particular area, showing who was working in that area at what period of time.

As there is no known remaining record of Miners Rights issued, this listing provides a basis on which further investigation may be made. It shows where they had their lease, thus placing them “on the ground” in a particular spot and confirms their connection to the Western Goldfields area.

Please note that the spelling of names and localities have been reproduced as they appeared in the Gazette. It is therefore wise to browse various spellings of these names to ensure that you have covered all options.

Western Goldfields Mining Lease Applications