This section includes a brief history of what happened to the mine after the departure of the Bibby family members from any involvement and a description of the Raub Mine activities at Bukit Koman at the present day.
A collection of modern day images from a recent visit by the author can be viewed below. There are other family images from the Raub era and post Raub on the Family After Raub page that date from the early days.
Click on the picture of the Main Shaft at Bukit Koman to read a description of the mine activities in the mid 1950’s. This article was written when the mine was re-opened and paying dividends, after the second world war. The pictures in this article, although of poor quality in this reproduction, do give an indication of what the mine looked like and what it would have looked like in Williams day as the machinery and processing was the same. William is called Walter, an error on the part of the author of course.
The Raub Australian Gold Mine ceased trading in the early 1960’s. The Banks lost faith when mining proved uneconomic, presumably as no new paying leaders were found.
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View of Main Shaft at Bukit Koman taken by Lambert & Co. of Singapore around 1900.
Click on shaft head image for description of the RAGM in the 1950s
Recent activities had focused on working the tailings left by William and others using Carbon extraction in Cyanide; a controversial process attracting some dissent from the descendants of the people who worked the mine throughout its life. These tailings and later operations, extend from the original Bukit Koman Main Shaft areas to Bukit Malacca, a vast area extending some Kilometres North of the present village of Bukit Koman that was built for the miners. It is claimed that the tailings in the region of Bukit Koman alone contain reserves of some 180,000 oz which at prices of around $1300 an oz justified the expenditure on a plant at this site costing some $10 million. This plant at peak of operation produced around three to four 400 oz bars like that shown held by the author on this website Introduction page.
Environmental concerns caused some controversy in 2016-17. As of end 2017 with the falling gold price, the Company had failed in debt to many, including the author for over 700 books unpaid for, and the existing plant has fallen into disrepair. The relics of old mining equipment shown in this website, some dating from William’s time, have been removed!!
|Specimen Hill Mine|
|William's Patent 1873|
|A Gold Field|
|Cricket at Raub|
|The Misses Bibby|
|40 Head Battery|
|Family After Raub|
|Return to Raub|