Mt Palmer Gold Mine

Its hard to make a gold mine look sexy but I think I managed to do it.   This is the actual pit of the Mt Palmer gold mine and if you look closely you can see a couple of the original shafts that they worked in before turning it into a pit.

The water looked so inviting and I just wanted to swim in it but who knows what sort of chemicals are in the water?  Cyanide would be one for sure as that is what they used as part of the gold processing.   Its a shame isn’t?   Actually I’m glad no one jumped in as it would have killed the wicked reflections.

Time to find another gold mine or abandoned town now.  Anyone got any suggestions?


Jamie Paterson

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  1. islandimages October 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    Good thing you didn’t go for a swim, that water looks radio-active!

    • jamiepatersonphotography October 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

      Yeah it does, doesn’t? Its a shame really.

    • Majindi December 9, 2017 at 4:19 am #

      Well your both right, I used to hold the prospecting licences over the ground and our asseys showed high levels of rhodium and U308, not only that, there were high levels of cynanide and an asbestos vein runs directly into the pool.
      So basically that pool is about as toxic as you can get, def not a place for a swim.
      A beautiful spot, just keep out of the water

  2. Cleggy October 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    G’day Jamie,
    I’ve been following your blog for a while and love your shots, i have just set up my own, i was wondering if i could link you up to my blog?

    • jamiepatersonphotography October 14, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

      Hi Ben,

      I would love that. I’ll put you up on my links as well. Welcome to the blogoshpere mate.

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