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This section includes articles from William’s appointment in 1889 to 1890. It includes his arrival and travel to Raub. The “adventure” as it was called at the time caught much of the imagination of the local and foreign press. There were many doubters of the chances of success, or even getting to the “Raub Hole” as it was called.

William left Brisbane on the 7th August 1889 on the S.S. Jumna with his eldest son William Charles and seven other men, Mr Sefton a member of the syndicate and Messrs. Whitlam, Lawry, Walker, Grensill, Ridgeway and Kinloch, and some 40 tons of machinery, he was never to return. Under his leadership Raub became finally a very successful Gold Field yielding in per ton of ore bearing quartz equal to some of the best similar mines in the world. It ceased conventional shaft mining production in the 1960's. To read an account of their arrival at RAUB click on, Beginning, Arrival .

The 40 tons of ‘machinery’ he brought with him, included a ten Head Stamp, manufactured in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia. Each part was designed to weigh no more than seven hundredweight, for ease of transportation. They arrived first in Singapore then took a local vessel, S.S. Sappho to Klang, or as it is now called Kulang, see map below, which was the sea port for travel to Kuala Lumpur. There were no roads to Raub at the time and all heavy machinery and stores travelled by river. Today, it take a little over an hour to travel by road to Raub, it took them a week.

The Beginning

Johnston’s Pier, Singapore

Local Steamer Departure Place Ca 1900

Johnston’s Pier and Collyer Quay Singapore Ca 1900

Frasers Gap Selangor Ca 1900

Tanjong Pagar Dock, Singapore

Mail Steamer Arrival Ca 1900