ID #1711

Millwood Goldfield, Rheenendal, Garden Route, Western Cape.

Hundreds of fortune hunters flocked to Millwood to dig for gold.  By May 1888 1400 claims were being worked on behalf of 40 syndicates and companies.  A town mushroomed within weeks.  Six hotels sprang up together with houses and shops.   However, not enough gold was recovered to sustain the town.  Machinery was abandoned where it stood and, within five years, it had become a ghost town. 

Almost a century later, a mystical aura still seems to lurk there.  Because of this, the Millwood Goldfield Society was formed and the committee has undertaken the restoration of Bendigo Mine and the Materollie.  Many items of mining equipment have been restored.  Under the supervision of the Forestry Section, most of the components required to establish a recovery plant have been reclaimed and are currently being refurbished.   On completion, they will be erected on the original site at the Bendigo Mine.   From an Adit there will be a cocopan track to the crushers and stamp mills, while the washing pans and the corduroy recovery tables will be set up so that the plant is as authentic as possible.  The only remaining building houses the Mining Museum and Mother Holly’s Tea Room.

Travel west on the N2 from Knysna, which is on the N2 east of George, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N12. Turn north at the Rheenendal sign after crossing over the lagoon, 8-km from town. Drive 16-km to Rheenendal, passing over Phantom Pass, and turn right at the sign marked Millwood Goldfield.  Drive a further 10-km along this road to Mother Holly’s Tea Room. BFMillwood

Contct:            The Secretary
Millwood Goldfield Society
Box 2759 Knysna 6570

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Last update: 2009-07-17 15:01
Author: Alan McIver
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