Picture of Captains Flat

Picture of the Lake George Mine Entrance at Captains Flat

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Captains Flat Tour - Pictorials

Photographs of the landscape, wildlife and flora

Courtesy Gregory S. Davies.

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The town looking north from Keatings


The reservoir behind the dam


Remains of the old crushing plant overlook the town


The hills are mainly reddish yellow shale scattered with patches of quartz


This house is situated under the site of the smelter and was built using bricks from the smelter stack


Reclaimed land at the south end of town where mine and smelting waste was stored


Remains of old tramway used to carry ore to the Blatchford stamping mill


Old tramway sleepers lie crumbling near Keatings


Derelict mining equipment scattered on the hillside near Keatings






Waterfall washing over the outfall of the dam


Old road bridge across Forsters Creek which was part of the main Jerangle Road


Iron clamps lie rusting on a hillside


Keatings Collapse of 1961 at the southern end of the ridge


Intricate swirls on the surface of smelting slag


Bracken reclaims the landscape while an old chimney flue slowly succumbs to rust


Collapsed mine entrance towards the south end of the ridge


Another collapsed mine entrance midway along the ridge


Old water storage tanks from the flotation works


The old tramway bridge across the ravine at Keatings


Empty tanks stand watch over the derelict flotation works


All that remains of the mine poppet


Remains of the crushing plant at Elliots No.1


An old mine shaft bored deep into the mountain. Rotting wooden duck boards still trail into the darkness


The eerie glow of daylight from deep inside an old mine shaft


Keatings Collapse of the 1940's at the southern end of the ridge



Eastern Grey Kangaroos are found in nearby paddocks and cleared areas


Wombats live in burrows along the river banks and can be seen occasionally wandering the main street at night


Echidnas live along the slopes feeding on ants and sometimes come down to lower ground


Crimson Rosellas are year round inhabitants of the area


Flame Robins visit in spring to nest and rear their young


Rufous Fantails nest along the hilly ridges but are seldom seen in town


Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos are noisy visitors, dropping pine cones and twigs from the trees where they feed


Kookaburras are heard laughing in the early morning and evening


Blue-Tongue Lizards are very common. This one lives under my front porch and steals dog food


Butterflies on the wildflowers are a common sight in spring and summer


Tiny wildflowers grow along the slopes of the mine hill


Black-backed Magpies are a familiar sight on lawns and grassy areas looking for grubs


Silvereyes feed on the wattles and other flowering and fruiting trees


Willy Wagtails are sometimes seen in town


Peregrine Falcons sometimes nest on the mountainsides along the mine ridge


Eastern Brown Snakes are common to the area. They are very venomous.


Brown Tree Frogs are seldom seen but can be heard whistling on most nights


Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are noisy residents


Galahs are found in the neighbouring areas


Toadstools grow in forest areas


Superb Blue Wrens flit about the shrubs and reeds


Platypus are found in small pockets of river. They are seldom seen, being extremely shy


Puffball Toadstools grow in the forest areas after rain


Yellow-bellied Black Snakes are found along the river banks


Wild European Rabbits are an introduced species and are common along the river


Another introduced species is the Red or European Fox


The brown waters of the Molonglo River


Serrated Tussock Grass encroaches across the whole area


A fairy ring of toadstools


Content 2006 Gregory S. Davies
Content: 2006 Captains Flat Community Association
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