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Gold rushes in Victoria

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources focusing on the rich goldfields of Victoria in the second half of the 19th century. The collection is organised into four categories: rushing to the goldfields; working a claim; success on the goldfields; and failure. It includes paintings and sketches; interactive ...

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'The birth of white Australia'

This is a still taken from the 1928 Australian silent movie 'The birth of white Australia: an historic and romantic record of our nation', filmed on location at Young, New South Wales. The still shows three men in front of a wooden hut on the Lambing Flat gold field. Two of the men are leaning over the third, who is panning ...

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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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Panning for gold on the Mulgrave River, c1888

This is a black-and-white photograph showing five miners prospecting for alluvial gold on the banks of the Mulgrave River in Queensland. Two of the men hold shovels and stand by a sluice, two others pan for gold and the fifth rests on a wooden wheelbarrow. Several other mining implements are in evidence - a pan, pick, shovel ...

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Peach's Gold - Eureka, 1983: 'Victoria the golden'

This clip shows the Victorian gold rushes of 1851 depicted in drawings and prints as the narrator, Bill Peach, describes the events of that astonishing year. The clip opens with images of people travelling to the diggings, while prints and a superimposed map show the gold fields. Gold hysteria is then described through ...