THE FUTURE IS WITHIN REACH
Named after Thomas Payne who discovered gold and pegged the first lease in 1911. After discovering gold at Pansy lease in June 1911, Thomas Payne wandered north-west about 2 kilometres, and discovered more gold at what would become the Carnation lease.
There has been activity on the field to some degree from 1911, with increased activity in the late 1930’s. At this time around 500 people were prospecting or mining gold in the area. Reports up to World War Two indicate it was a rich field. Between 1911-1982 69 000 tonnes of ore had been mined for 63 000 oz of gold averaging 25 g/t.