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Charles Rasp Memorial
Charles Rasp Memorial

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Monument commemorate the discovery of the Broken Hill ore body by Charles Rasp in 1883. 

Mr Charles Rasp, a boundary rider from Mt Gipps station, found deposits of silver and lead on a hill in the Barrier Ranges 700 miles inland from Sydney. He and six other men from the same station staked out a claim on an outcrop which Mr Charles Sturt called a ‘broken hill’ when he passed through the area 40 years ago. The samples he took contained silver chloride and he claimed 16 hectares.

A syndicate of seven was set up with the object of purchasing the surrounding land to prevent a rush from other miners. In January 1885 they hit a rich vein of silver in what turned out to be one of the world`s largest known silver-lead-zinc lodes. They made vast fortunes, although two members of the syndicate were unfortunate enough to sell their shares for a pittance before the scale of the find was apparent.

Location

Address:Crystal Street (Silver City Highway), ANZAC Hall, Broken Hill, 2880
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.958834
Long: 141.466957
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Industry
Approx. Event Start Date:September-1882
Approx. Event End Date:September-1882

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1952
Front Inscription

THIS MONUMENT
COMMEMORATES
The Discovery Of The Broken Hill
Ore Body By
CHARLES RASP
1846-1907
SEPTEMBER 1883

Source: H, MA
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