The track down to this cache could be considered a hard rated 4wd track and there is also really only room for 3 vehicles at the bottom at one time, although the day we placed the cache we encountered 2 other vehicles which made it very hard for all five vehicles to turn around and leave. (It was very fortunate we have a tetris champ in our group who figured out how to do it.)
White Star was discovered by Jack Middleton. The resultant mine was one of the main mines during the initial quartz mining at Donnelly’s Creek.
Jack was a good natured Welshman that was affectionately known as “Sailor Jack”. He was a favourite among the miners, despite never working a claim or descending more than two metres down a shaft.
Possessing an uncanny knack for finding quartz reefs, he would frequently wander off alone with only a few provisions and maybe a bottle of rum. On his return he generally distributed most of his findings among friends. He kept only a few pounds worth for a bottle of alcohol or a good feed.
Jack was the major discoverer of the White Star and the All Nations Reef at Matlock as well as several other lesser known reefs in the area. Despite this, he never profited from his finds and died of rheumatism aged 39, in 1868.
A crushing plant was later built at the White Star Mine based on profitable finds there. The mine closed in 1867 and remained idle for many years. It was temporarily reopened in 1888 and then more permanently in 1902 for a further nine years.