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Panning Dish - Ballarat, circa 1850-1910 Object Reg. No: SH 891571

Alternative Name(s): Gold Pan
Metal panning dish made circa 1850-1910 and used in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia until approximately 1910.

Panning dishes were used for washing fine gold from river sediments or from the residue trapped in craddles and puddling tubs. They were also used on the edge of waterways to obtain gold from alluvial soil or crushed quartz.
Circular dull metal panning dish which has a wide top lip which tapers down to a smaller diameter for the base which is flat. The top lip has been finished off by rolling it outwards over itself. The pan has been made from iron metal which has a coating of another metal with a matte grey surface.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Suzanne Hunt, 1989
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 130 mm (Height), 560 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: gold mining equipment
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MINING & METALLURGY
Secondary Classification: Exploration & Prospecting - Gold
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Place & Date Used: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1850-1910

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