BARDOC. On arriving at Bardoc, any visitor, would be at once charmed with its situation.: "At first sight it appears to be a village in pastoral country, so
NERRIN NERRIN MINE. BARDOC. Murphy. Photo.
rich is the herbage around it. Bardoc as a mining centre, was discovered by Cross and party somewhat accidentally. It appears that a party of wild aborigi nes stole a quantity of stores from Cross and his mate somewhere in the direction of Broad Arrow. These dusky natives--called in their language Bar dooks-were captured near what is now called the Bardoc Hill. On their way back to camp Cross and party specked some gold on the western side of the hill, and at once. for want of a better name, they called the place Bardocks. This became corrupted slightly, and the town has been known as Bardoc for the past six years. As in the case of many of the mining centres in this co lony, the management of the property around Bardoc was exceedingly poor in most cases until recently. The prin cipal mine at present appears to be the Zoroastrian, which is situated on the north of Bardoc Hill. Here a com plete 10-head plant is being erected, and the manager, Mr. Fernald, ex pects to be able to drop the stamps be fore the close of the year. The ore is of good grade, a 2oo-ton parcel recently treated at Kalgoorlie giving a 28-dwt. average. On the Nerrin-Nerrin, is a complete crushing plant, but on ac count of the dirt in the mine becoming ,poorer, public crushing is now being carried on at this battery. The Half Mile Reef is provided with 20 head of stamps, and the average from the ore is about 12 dwt. Mr. Str.uchmann is in charge of .this property. T'he pro spectors of Bardoc are working the Ex celsior lease with profit, and recently erected a natty 5-head plant thereon. Besides the above mines there are several fair prospecting shows, such as the Homeward Bound. At Vetters burg, which is about five miles north of Bardoc- there is a 20-head battery on the principal mine there. Mining affairs, however, in this locality appear very slack.