The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 40
Galena, the ore of lead, occurs in this province in a vein 1 foot 6 inches in thickness. The ore was tested by Mr Cosmo Newbery, of the Melbourne Laboratory, and found to contain 72 per cent, of lead, and 12¼ oz. silver to the ton. The lode occurs in a bushy country 8 miles from a navigable river, but as the metal lead is only worth £15 per ton, the opening of this lode will require considerable capital, as to make it pay it will have to be worked on a large scale, and as those who know of the lode have not the means to develop it and erect furnaces, &c., it must remain as nature left it until money is available. The metal lead is so well known, being found in nearly every country in the world, there is no necessity for discussing it here, or its uses.