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Prospectors with a portable steam engine on the Stanthorpe tin field | by State Library of Queensland, Australia
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Prospectors with a portable steam engine on the Stanthorpe tin field

Photographer: William Boag

 

Location: Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia

 

Date: ca 1872

 

Description: This steam engine was made by Robey and Company of Lincoln, England. It was used to drive a water pump which drained the workings or helped with the task of sluicing. It was a small four-horse power model which was fired with wood and was protected from the weather by a makeshift shelter covered with a canvas tarpaulin.

 

View this image at the State Library of Queensland: hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/9242

 

Information about State Library of Queensland’s collection: www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/picture-queensland

 

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Taken circa 1872