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The Nordstrom mining models

Carl Nordstrom, a Swedish born migrant, was commissioned by the Victorian Mining Commission and the National Museum of Victoria to create models depicting Victorian gold mining scenes. The models were made on location between 1856 and 1859 and provide a valuable historical record of early Victorian mining techniques.

Nine of the models have survived including the Port Phillip, Daisy Hill and Surfacings models, which were popular displays at the Swanston Street Museum campus.

This model depicts the mine and crushing works of the Port Phillip & Colonial Gold Mining Company, once the most famous mine in Clunes and a pioneer of large-scale quartz mining in Australia. The model was made on site by Carl Nordstrom in 1858 and shows the underground workings to a depth of 54 feet (16.46 metres). The original cost for the model was 150 pounds.

Model dimensions:

Length: 305cm
Breadth: 165cm
Height: 185cm



Port Phillip Mine or Clunes Model
Courtesy of Museum Victoria



Port Phillip Mine or Clunes Model
Courtesy of Museum Victoria



Port Phillip Mine or Clunes Model
Courtesy of Museum Victoria



Port Phillip Mine or Clunes Model
Courtesy of Museum Victoria



Port Phillip Mine or Clunes Model
Courtesy of Museum Victoria



Port Phillip Mine or Clunes Model
Courtesy of Museum Victoria



Port Phillip Mine or Clunes Model
Courtesy of Museum Victoria




 
 

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