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Model of the Welcome Nugget, 1858-85

This is a plaster of Paris model of the Welcome Nugget, made between 1858 and 1885 by an unknown craftsman. It is painted gold and green and has a nobbly surface. The Welcome Nugget was found at Ballarat, Victoria, in 1858.

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Australian 'goldfields' brooch commissioned by Edward Austin, c1855

This is a rectangular rusticated wire framework brooch that features miniature copies of mining equipment. In the centre, a miner works a windlass and bucket above a sluice box. On either side is a crossed pick and shovel. The whole brooch is surrounded by a framework of leaves. It was made in about 1855.

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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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'Ophir Bluff, where gold was first found in Australia', c1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin full-plate glass negative produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows a river scene. In the background are people, a horsedrawn cart and two crude buildings. At the right, an area has been roughly fenced off. The image is titled 'Ophir Bluff, ...

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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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Gold nugget replica - 'Opposum'

This is a replica of the 'Opposum' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 27.3 cm x 19.2 cm x 8.0 cm, and it weighs 9.53 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'The Boort'

This is a replica of 'The Boort' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 10.5 cm x 9.5 cm x 6 cm, and it weighs 1.73 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'The Kum Tow'

This is a replica of 'The Kum Tow' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 36.5 cm x 13.5 cm x 13 cm, and it weighs 22.54 kg.

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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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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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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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Model of a horse whim mining device used at Buninyong, 1858

This is a model of a horse whim, a device used for lifting water and dirt or ore from mine shafts as used at Claim no 6, Black Lead, Buninyong, Victoria. It is 146 cm long, 70 cm wide and 133 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 ...

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Horse power in rural Australia

This collection of 23 digital curriculum resources focuses on the work of stock and draught horses in rural Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is organised into five categories - stock horses; ploughing; harvesting; carting; and propelling. The painting, historical photographs, and archival and feature film footage ...

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Growing wheat in 19th- and 20th-century Australia

This collection of 15 digital curriculum resources focuses on the work involved in growing wheat in 19th- and 20th-century Australia. It contains five sections - clearing land; ploughing and sowing; harvesting; the Sunshine harvester; and the effect of drought. The collection includes photographs, images of machinery and ...

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'Flemington Melbourne', c1856

This watercolour by Samuel Charles Brees shows a long line of men, including prospective Chinese miners, passing along Mount Alexander Road in Flemington. They are at the beginning of their journey to the goldmining areas of central Victoria during the height of the gold rush in Australia in about 1856. On the right of ...

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Illustration of Chinese miners at Mount Alexander goldfield, 1863

This print from a wood engraving shows Chinese miners working on a layered excavation site on the Mount Alexander gold diggings near Castlemaine, Victoria, in 1863. The men are wearing conical hats and collarless loose-fitting shirts. At the centre and right of the image are a long flume and possibly a sluice box, and there ...

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Washing tailings, c1870s

This chromolithograph shows seven Chinese miners panning and sluicing for gold during the gold rush in Australia in the 1870s. The miners all wear blue trousers, and five have matching blue shirts. There is a whim at the right of the image. The white frame of the image bears the captions 'WASHING TAILINGS' and 'No. 9'. ...

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'John Alloo's Chinese Restaurant, Main Road, Ballaarat, 1853'

This lithograph by Samuel Thomas Gill shows John Alloo's Chinese Restaurant on Main Road in Ballarat, Victoria. It depicts the front entrance to the restaurant and a building next to it called Pipings Store. On the street is a man on a horse, another man smoking a pipe and a third carrying a water bucket and spade on a ...

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'The battlefield - Red Hill', 1854

This is a watercolour, pen and ink sketch by Charles Alphonse Doudiet. It depicts a panoramic view of Red Hill in Ballarat, looking out from Post Office Hill, during the height of the Victorian gold rush in 1854. In the image Red Hill is a small township of makeshift huts and tents formed around the gold diggings in eastern ...