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This section includes articles from William’s appointment in 1889 and to the end of 1890. It includes his arrival and travel to Raub. At the time it caught much of the imagination of the local and foreign, and not only The Straits press. There were many doubters of the chances of any success, and of even getting the machinery to the Raub Hole, as it was called then.

William left Brisbane for Singapore on the 7th August 1889 on the S.S. Jumna with his eldest son William Charles as his Chief Engineer and seven other men, Mr Sefton the finder of the Raub Hole and now a member of the syndicate, and Messrs’ Whitlam, Lawry, Walker, Grensill, Ridgeway and Kinloch. With them they took some 40 tons of machinery that included, boiler, pumps and a ten Head Stamp, manufactured in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia. For ease of transportation each main part was broken down to weigh no more than seven hundredweight.

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

They arrived in Singapore at the end of August and a week later took a local vessel, the S.S. Sappho up the Malacca Straits to Klang, or as it is now called Kulang, 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 having left earlier by sea to the East coast to Kuala Pahang (Pekan). They travelled from Kuala Lumpur by rail to a Place called Kuala Kubu then by pony track across the range. Today, it take a little over an hour to travel by road to Raub, it took them a week.

This was his last venture and under his leadership Raub became a successful Gold Field yielding in per ton of ore bearing quartz equal to some of the best similar mines in the world. Conventional shaft mining production ceased in the 1960's. To read an account of their arrival at RAUB click on, the Arrival drop down tab under Beginning.