B: Kyneton ,Victoria 1882.
Son of John Dryden and Mary McLeod.
In 1937 Edward (Ned) Dryden staked a new claim north east of Coolgardie. The West Australian newspaper reported on this event on two seperate occassion. the article stated that there were 100 men on the place with 25 - 30 dryblowers. Ned put down a shaft 15ft - 20ft and had several holes nearby. The Mines Inspector reported in March that some alluvial gold was being found and a several pieces the largest to date being 27dwt.
MINES AND METALS
Senior Mines Inspector's Report.
In his report on Dryden's new find
near Coolgardie, which he inspected to
wards the end of last month, the Senior
Inspector of Mines (Mr. A. W. Winzar)
states:-'"The find is situated approxia
mately one and half miles north from
a point in the pipe line, three miles
west of Mungari and can be located on
Plate I, Bulletin 56 of the Geological
Survey, being roughly three-quarters of
a. mile south of hill marked HK2. The
country is covered with the usual secondary growth
of gum saplings. N. Dryden
and his mate have been working a small
leader of their prospecting area and
have a potfew holes and one shaft about
15ft. deep. About 150ft. west of these
holes, they have dryblown a patch and
obtained a few specimens showing
rounded gold adhering to quartz and
Ironstone. The boundary of their area is
another 150ft. west of this patch. On
this boundary,and further west for, about
half a mile, dryblowers are working, and
have, up to date, got 20oz. of alluvial,
the biggest piece being 27dwt. and ranging down
to fine specks. A 12dwt. piece
was found while I was there. The run
Is in fairly flat. country and the gold
bearing material from 121n. to 24in. deep
and tails out west. The men working on
the lower end are getting nothing. There
is much quartz rubble about the locality
with odd reefs in which the stone showing is
not attractive looking. Not much
can be seen -but the country rock is nice
looking greenstone and suitable for. prospecting.
About 100 men are on the place with 30 dryblowers."
(TheWest Australian (Perth, WA : 1879-1954), Monday 29 March 1937, page 3)