Hand whip, lever whip

Definition of hand whip and lever whip

  • Composed of a rough post fixed vertically in the ground, to the upper end of which a long straight sapling is fastened at its centre. A bucket is attached by a rope to the thin end of the sapling, and a bag filled with gravel is tied on to the thick end. This bag acts as a balance to the full bucket. Hand-whips are employed in shallow alluvial mining, for raising the stuff to the surface. Trees situated close to the workings are often used as uprights.

– The Gold Fields and Mineral Districts of Victoria, 1869