Reviled in the Record: Thomas Logan, and the Origins of the Cromwell Quartz Mining Company, Bendigo, Otago

TitleReviled in the Record: Thomas Logan, and the Origins of the Cromwell Quartz Mining Company, Bendigo, Otago
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsCarpenter, L. W.
JournalJournal of Australasian Mining History
Volume9
Issue1
Start Page36
Pagination53
Date Published09/2011
Abstract

The received narrative of the discovery of the rich quartz mine at Bendigo in Central Otago, has the success of Thomas Logan, Jack Garrett, Brian Hebden and George Goodger of the Cromwell Company predicated on a fraud committed by Logan. It is an intriguing tale of a significant theft by a dishonest man in the midst of a famous gold rush to an iconic town and is found in all popular histories of the goldfield. But is it correct? Using primary sources and contemporary narratives, the evidence of Logan’s actions during the early days at Bendigo is evaluated and a new conclusion reached.