Model showing details of the Port Phillip Quartz Mine and Gold Works at Clunes as they appeared in December 1858. The model was made by Carl E. Nordstrom in 1858 and shows the workings to a depth of 54 feet (16.46 meters).
The scale of the model is 0.38 (3/8) Inches to 1 foot (1:32).

Physical Description

Large plaster mining scene on hill environment with mine shafts, wooden structures, figures and horses. Designed to be viewed in the round. Inside blonde wood case with 4 glass sides and lighting overhead.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Nordström Mining Models Collection

  • Collecting Areas


  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Museum of Victoria, 1899

  • Acknowledgement

    Originally acquired through a Commission from Mr Carl E. Nordström.

  • Modelmaker

    Mr Carl E. Nordstrom, Clunes, Victoria, Australia, 1858

  • Organisation Depicted

    Port Phillip Gold Mining Co, Clunes, Victoria, Australia, Dec 1858

  • Classification

    Mining & metallurgy, Extraction - gold, Model mine workings

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    1417 mm (Width), 2890 mm (Depth), 1010 mm (Height)
    Approximate dimensions of model only.

  • Case Dimensions

    1601 mm (Width), 3004 mm (Depth), 1865 mm (Height)
    Dimensions of display case, including power plug on top of case (70mm approx) but without travel stillage. Height measurement without power plug and stillage: 1795mm. Height measurement including power plug and stillage: 2035mm.

  • Model Scale


  • References

    Richard Aitken is a Melbourne-based architect and historian. As the Thomas Ramsay Science and Humanities Scholar during 1988-89 he studied the mining collection of the National Museum of Victoria. He has published widely in the fields of garden history, heritage conservation, public history and material culture and is currently co-editing the Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens.
    [Book] Woodland, John G. 2001. Sixteen tons of Clunes gold; a history of the Port Philllip and Colonial Gold Mining Company., 2001, 37-39; 41, 43 Pages
    [Thesis] Aitken, Richard. 1990. 'The Mining Collections of the National Museum of Victoria: 1856-1871., 1990
    [Book] McCoy, Frederick. 1869. Descriptive Catalogue of the Mining, Metallurgical, Geological & Agricultural Models in the National Museum., 1869
    [Article] Aitken, Richard. The National Museum of Victoria Mining Collection, in Rasmussen, Carolyn. A Museum for the People: A History of Museum Victoria and its predecesors, 1854-2000. pp.48-50., 2001

  • Keywords

    Economic Geology, Gold Mining, Models & Modelmaking