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Pipe dreams, 2007: O'Connor's dream for water

This clip is an excerpt from the 2007 film 'Pipe dreams' (55 min), the second episode of a three-part series entitled 'Constructing Australia'. Over black-and-white photographs and dramatised video of the key players, a narrator describes the significant challenges of supplying water to the WA goldfields in the late 19th ...

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Gold nugget replica

This is a replica of a gold nugget mined at Rokewood in Victoria's Western District in February 1900. The model was made from a cast using plaster of Paris, and then gilded with gold leaf and tinted to mimic iron-oxide staining. This replica is part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 19 ...

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Gold nugget replica - 'The Poseidon'

This is a replica of 'The Poseidon' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 39.0 cm x 26.0 cm x 10.5 cm, and it weighs 27.02 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'The Stewart'

This is a replica of 'The Stewart' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 16.0 cm x 10.5 cm x 5.5 cm, and it weighs 3.42 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'Bunyip'

This is a replica of the 'Bunyip' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 11.3 cm x 4.42 cm x 7.0 cm, and it weighs 1.42 kg.

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Cobb and Co coach displayed at Museum Victoria

This video features curator Matthew Churchward as he explores the Cobb and Co coach on display in Museum Victoria. It includes historical photographs of two heavily laden coaches in use, as well as a 1963 one of Harley Dickinson, the schoolboy who restored it with the help of others. A soundscape of what life on the coach ...

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Gold nugget replica - 'Pride of Australia'

This is a replica of the 'Pride of Australia' gold nugget, which was named for the similarity of its shape to Australia (minus Tasmania). The model was made from a cast using plaster of Paris, and then gilded with gold leaf and tinted to mimic iron-oxide staining. This replica is part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum ...

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Gold nugget replica - 'The Inkerman'

This is a replica of 'The Inkerman' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 13.5 cm x 12.0 cm x 2.5 cm, and it weighs 1.16 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'O'Sullivans Perserverance'

This is a replica of the 'O'Sullivans Perserverance' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 15.0 cm x 12.0 cm x 5.0 cm, and it weighs 1.90 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'Cindy's Pride'

This is a replica of the 'Cindy's Pride' gold nugget, which was named in honour of the prospector's helpful dog. The replica is part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 22.0 cm x 14.5 cm x 4.0 cm, and it weighs 3.46 kg.

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Token penny, W D Wood, c1854

Token pennies (trade tokens)like this one often advertised the business of the token issuer. The coin is 34 mm in diameter.

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'Race to the gold diggings of Australia' board game, 1850-69

This is a 'Race to the gold diggings of Australia' board game made in England between 1850 and 1869. The game board is a hand-coloured lithograph mounted on linen. There is a printed rule card, six painted ship pieces with stands and a cardboard teetotum, all of which would have been stored in a wooden case with an illustrated ...

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Alluvial mining model - Daisy Hill, 'Shallow Sinkings', Carl Nordstrom, 1858

This is an image showing a detail of the mining model originally entitled 'Shallow Sinkings', made by Carl Nordstrom between 1858 and 1859. It depicts a scene of shallow alluvial mining activities on the Daisy Hill goldfields (near Maryborough, Victoria). The model was built to scale of 1:32, and it is 106 cm long, 76 cm ...

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Alluvial mining model - 'Gravel Pits' alluvial gold claim, cross-section, 1857

This is a mining model, made by Carl Nordstrom in 1857, showing a cross-section of an alluvial gold claim on the Gravel Pits Lead, Ballarat, Victoria.

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'Hydraulic sluicing', 1884-1917

This full plate glass negative was taken by Charles Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. It depicts a wide shot of a hillside with a hut and what appears to be a sluiceway. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.

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Sluicing and panning for gold

How does a small prospector mine gold? Most modern goldmining is conducted by big companies with heavy machinery. But in this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters meets a prospector whose methods and tools differ only a little from those used by Chinese miners at Pine Creek a century earlier.

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Attitudes towards Chinese miners

Why did Chinese goldminers leave the Northern Territory's Pine Creek goldfields in the early years of the 20th century? In this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters investigates how this fascinating chapter in Australia's history came to an end.

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Chinese coffins lined with gold?

What became of the thousands of Chinese goldminers who worked the Pine Creek goldfields in the Northern Territory in the late 19th century? In this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters discusses the reasons why the Chinese miners departed, leaving only traces of their industry and way of life.

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Quartz mine and treatment works model - Port Phillip and Colonial Gold Mining Co, Clunes, 1858

This is an overall view of the mining model made by Carl Nordstrom depicting the Clunes and Port Phillip quartz mine and treatment works at Clunes, in central Victroria, as they appeared in December 1858. The model is 305 cm long, 165 cm wide and 185 cm high.

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Goldmining licence, 1853

This is a gold licence issued to J McDonnell in March 1853. It was printed on paper by John Ferres, Government Printing Office, Victoria, Australia. At centre top is the Victorian coat of arms with the inscription: 'VICTORIA / GOLD LICENSE.' The name of the licence owner and place and date of its issue are written in ink ...