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Lithgow Mercury August 11th 1899


Mr Cook (Minister for Mines) states that the new cave known as the Gem of Jenolan is now open for inspection of visitors. The surveyor in his report upon the cave says the Gem of Jenolan is one of the finest and perhaps the most beautiful of any of the chambers in the caves and is superior to any of those hitherto visited by the public.




The heaviest fall of snow during this winter fell on Monday night. The ground even to the lowest portions of gullies around was covered on Tuesday morning and during the day light falls continued. Owing to the warmth of the gullies it did not remain long but the tops of the mountains a few miles away are still snow clad in places being as deep as 12 inches.

Today is a most perfect spring day. The surrounding country is showing good spring grass.

Mr Cooper of the Grand line of coaches is responsible for a new method of working a three horse coach. Instead of the orthodox leader with two polers, he has built an innovation for working three horses abreast, having two poles from the front axle and the cross bar sufficiently forward to allow the horses on the outside to work in front of the wheels. Mr Cooper claims that the work of three horses in this manner is equal to four horses under the old style.

I am indebted to Mr Caretaker Wilson for the following information :- The total number of visitors to these caves from the 1st July 1898 to the 30th June 1899 was 2,533.