Aspects of Early Blackwood


The Goldfields, The Landmarks, The Pioneers.


Alan J Buckingham & Margot F Hitchcock

82 pages – 19 Photographs

125 years of History.

COST – $14.00

aspectsofearlyblackwoodcover To order copies of Margot’s book and read about the Gold-mining history of Blackwood, Victoria Contact Margot by email – click here

4 thoughts on “Aspects of Early Blackwood

  1. Dear Margot,
    I would like to purchase a copy of your book Aspects of early Blackwood. Would you please let me know how you would prefer me to pay you – cheque or bank transfer etc
    I am the great grandson of James and Jessie Johnston who settled at Blackwood in 1854. I have a little knowledge of their activities particularly of Jessie who, after James’ death in 1869 married James Millyard and became involved with the Royal Mail Hotel. I have tried to piece things together a bit on the refurbished family grave in the Blackwood cemetery, but of course I am still hopeful that new information will turn up – maybe through the reading of your book.

    Best regards
    Bruce Johnston
    Grandson of William Arras Johnston

    • Hello Bruce, thanks for your message – I will email you with details how to purchase my book.. I have typed up the history of the Royal Mail Hotel in my next, as yet unpublished book “The History and Pioneers of Blackwood.” There is some info in the book “Hotel and Hotelkeepers of the Blackwood Goldfield by Andrew Robertson.. now out of print but you may be able to get one on-line. Have you checked the Digger Birth Death and marriage records..??? I also have some info on the family I could pass on to you, thanks, Margot Hitchcock, Historian. B.D.H.S.

  2. Margot,
    Is your book ‘Aspects of Early Blackwood’ still available? I’m researching Thomas Mackay who married Mary (Mariam?) Doolan (Dolen?). Thomas died 14/12/1892 at Barry’s Reef.Thomas and Mary had at least 1 child,John Mackay and possibly 3 others,Patrick,Mary and Catherine (Kate?). Mary ne`e Doolan possibly died at Barry’s Reef 03/09/1890.Would there be any information about them in your books and,in any case,I would like to know how to but them.Thanks,
    John Mackay

    • Hi John re your query on my web page – thanks for your query..
      yes my book ‘Aspects of Early Blackwood’ is still available from me – I can post you a copy.. you can pay either net banking, postal order or cheque.
      I did not find info in my book re your family.. but on looking on Trove I found several articles in the Bacchus Marsh Express showing that Thomas Mackay had a partnership in a mine at Barrys Reef Blackwood and later his son John Mackay took over. Have you seen these and are the anonymous person who corrected the articles..?? I also found an obituary notice on Thomas Mackay – have you seen this.?
      also lots of info re the Mackay and Stevenson mine in Barrys Reef… and Digger B D &M records on the family – have you got these..???

      Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal – Wednesday 26 February 1896
      100oz. IN A DISHFUL
      Blackwood, (Vic), Friday.— Messrs. Mackay and Stevenson, in their tribute on Acheson’s Homeward Bound lease at Barry’s reef, struck some of the richest stone ever seen in this district. One dishful of stone is estimated to contain fully 100oz. of gold, several pieces of 7oz. or 8oz. each being nearly pure gold, while one large piece is estimated to contain 10oz. The locality of the find is nearly midway between Simmons’ Reef and Barry’s Reef.

      I also have cemetery records of 4 Mackay members buried there – have you got these..??? but from this link there is no headstone –

      I’ve spent several hours researching all this but will wait till I hear from you to see what info you need from what I’ve found, before I spend more time on it…..

      Margot Hitchcock
      Blackwood & District Historical Society

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