Cradles, similar in design to a baby's cradle, rely on gravity to separate and trap the heavier gold particles from the lighter washdirt.  Cradling was more efficient than panning with a tin dish, and allowed miners to process greater quantities of gold-bearing dirt in a shorter period of time.


Samuel Thomas Gill, watercolour, 1869


Accession number: H86.7/8


From the State Library of Victoria's Picture Collection.


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Prospecting methods