Grouse Creek War

GROUSE CREEK WAR was a conflict over MINING rights on a GOLD-rich creek 5 km south of BARKERVILLE in 1867. Despite an existing claim to the property, a group of promoters called the Canadian Company began mining a strip of land along the creek. When the local gold commissioner swore in special constables to enforce the original claim, the Canadian Co rounded up a small army of miners to resist the police and drive away the rival claimants. The company then tried to take as much gold as possible...

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