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Silver, gold, zinc and another metal called antimony were mined at Sunny Corner, near Bathurst, from 1875 to 1922. During that time more than 100 tonnes of silver were produced and the mine was one of the most productive in the country. Unfortunately for today’s residents, mine tailings were used as landfill for the village. Local soil and water is contaminated with lead and arsenic that remained after the smelting of the ores.
The damage is now being cleaned up using fungi and plants that can absorb or break down the toxins
Photography by Henry King
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Post by Sandra McEwen, Principal Curator