Over the years the miners employed a variety of methods by which to extract
the gold, including panning, cradling, puddling machines and dredging. the most
profitable method seems to have been ground and hydraulic sluicing from which
good returns were made.
At its peak, the town comprised a bank, post office, 25 stores, 13 bakers, 16
butchers, 14 hotels, 4 blacksmiths, a courthouse, gaol, school and local
newspaper. The town also held horse races, cricket matches and social dances.
Kiandra is often claimed to be the birthplace of skiing in Australia. Miners
use to strapped palings of alpine ash to their feet to ski down the hills. by
the 1870s annual ski carnivals were organised with Kiandra producing some of the
best skiers of the time.
There is a self-guided heritage walk that includes signs on the sites of many of
the main buildings, providing a look into the past. There are also mining
machinery displays on the Kiandra/Cabramurra road. There is an informative 2 km heritage walk that takes you to the old Kiandra
cemetery. There are also other longer day and overnight walks to the other
mining areas. Contact the
NSW Parks & Wildlife Service for further information.
Did you know: The name Kiandra was probably derived from an
Aboriginal word, Giandarra, which was what the area was called for many years.
NSW Parks & Wildlife Service
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