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Ophir gold diggings in 1851 - asset 4

This is a hand-coloured print of a sketch made by George French Angas (1822-86) of the gold fields at Ophir, near Bathurst, New South Wales, in 1851. The title of the sketch ('Ophir at the junction') refers to the junction of Summer Hill and Lewis Pond Creeks, but the junction itself is not clearly shown. The view is from ...

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Ophir gold diggings in 1851 - asset 5

This is a hand-coloured print of a sketch, entitled 'Fitzroy Bar, Ophir', by George French Angas (1822-86) of the gold fields at Ophir, near Bathurst, New South Wales, in 1851. It shows prospectors cradling for gold along the banks of a stream, which flows swiftly to the rocky Fitzroy Bar, then turns left down between rock-lined ...

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Ophir gold diggings in 1851 - asset 1

This is a hand-coloured lithographic print of a painting by George French Angas showing a stream zigzagging through she-oaks and sparsely treed cliffs at what was to become Ophir, Australia's first gold rush site. The print shows 14 miners prospecting using several different methods. Measuring 24.2 cm x 35 cm, the print ...

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Ophir gold diggings in 1851 - asset 2

This is a hand-coloured lithographic print showing the gold rush town of Ophir as it appeared soon after the first discovery of gold in 1851. About 30 canvas tents sprawl haphazardly near the river; miners are visible near the tents and several are walking along a dirt track; and rounded, sparsely treed hills are in the ...

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Chinese people on the way to the Ravenswood gold fields, 1870

This pen-and-wash sketch dated 9 December 1870 depicts four Chinese men and a dog on the way to the gold fields at Ravenswood in northern Queensland. Made by Donald Sydney Thistlethwayte it is titled ''Celestials' on the way to Ravenswood diggings'. The men are dressed in traditional Chinese clothing. One wears sandals ...

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Forest Creek, Mount Alexander, 1852

This is a hand-coloured lithographic print prepared by John Allen in 1852 from a drawing by George French Angas. The lithograph, with text, measures 26 cm x 35.5 cm and shows Forest Creek at the Mount Alexander gold diggings in central Victoria.

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Handwritten Chinese notice about gold fields mining legislation, 1873

This is a handwritten notice, the body of which is in Chinese characters, informing Chinese miners about the 'Gold Fields Regulations' and 'Gold Fields Act'. The notice is 15 columns wide with approximately 25 characters running down each column. Below the heading, in smaller script, is written 'By Order / of the Commissioner ...

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Outside gold miners' huts, Mount Dromedary, 1890s

This is a photograph, taken by William Henry Corkhill (1846-1936) in the late 1890s, showing four gold miners standing outside a simple slab hut on the Mount Dromedary diggings in southern New South Wales. The hut stands on a narrow terrace cut into the hillside amid the bush. Firewood and housekeeping utensils lie on the ...

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Australian gold diggings, c1855

This is an oil painting measuring 70.5 cm x 90.3 cm, painted about 1855 by Edwin Stocqueler (1829-1895), showing men working on the Bendigo gold field in Victoria. The men are panning, puddling and cradling for gold on both sides of a stream in a tent-dotted valley. The valley is stark, with only a few trees remaining. ...

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Chinese men on the road to the Palmer River gold field, 1875

This black-and-white wood engraving shows a stereotypical image of Chinese men walking in a line to the Palmer River gold field in northern Queensland. It appeared in the Australasian Sketcher with the title 'CHINESE ON THE ROAD TO THE PALMER'. The six men in the foreground are wearing a variety of traditional clothing ...

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'Arrival of the mail, Myers Flat diggings', probably 1850s

This is a black-and-white print, measuring 17.7 cm x 21.6 cm, created from a wood engraving. It shows two men seated on a horse-drawn, two-wheeled buggy. Nine miners are gathered by the buggy, awaiting the delivery of letters, reading letters or newspapers and exchanging news. Although not visible on this image, the title ...

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'Diggers licensing, Forest Creek, 1852'

This is a black-and-white print that shows diggers (miners) at Forest Creek on the Mount Alexander diggings in Victoria lining up before the Gold Commissioner's tent to pay a licence fee. A policeman stands guard next to the tent while, in the foreground on the left, two policemen can be seen speaking to a digger. The print, ...

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'The new rush', 1865

This is a coloured print, measuring 19.4 cm x 25.2 cm, by the famous colonial artist Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), published in 'The Australian Sketchbook' in 1865. It shows a gold rush scene, probably in Victoria, with a stream of prospectors travelling along a dirt road. Several are walking beside their horses and heavily ...

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Gold nugget replica - 'The Little Pos'

This is a replica of 'The Little Pos' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 24.0 cm x 13.5 cm x 11.5 cm, and it weighs 7.91 kg.

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Biography: Federation people: Henry Ellis

Investigate the role played by the doctor Henry Ellis in the events leading up to, and following, Federation in Australia. Examine two different types of biographies of Ellis: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects ...

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Horsedrawn whim on a gold field at Gympie, 1870-80

This is a black-and-white photograph of the minehead area at a Queensland goldmine. It shows the mine's headframe and a horsedrawn 'whim'. The whim consists of a wooden derrick construction with two large vertically mounted drums at its centre, one with a rope wound around it. The rope is connected at one end to the swivel ...

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'Gold fields of Australia' board game, 1853-56

This is a board game based on the goldfields of Australia, made by Darton and Co sometime between 1853 and 1856. The game is enclosed in a red canvas cover that has the appearance of a book when closed. The cover features an image of a family in a bullock cart, and people standing around the cart holding picks and sacks ...

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Biography: Federation people: George Leake

Investigate George Leake's role in the move towards Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Leake: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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A boxing match in Bendigo, 1853

This is a hand-coloured lithograph, measuring 15.8 cm x 19.5 cm, entitled 'A BENDIGO MILL'. It was made by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80) from a sketch he did on the spot as he watched a boxing match in Bendigo, Victoria, and it featured in his publication 'Sketches of the Victoria gold diggings and diggers as they are'. ...

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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.