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Listed under:  Economics and business  >  Industries  >  Primary industry  >  Mining  >  Puddling
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Gold washing (cradling and puddling), 1854

This is a watercolour and pencil sketch by Charles Alphonse Doudiet that depicts three gold prospectors working as a team and using simple mining equipment - a rocker cradle and puddling tub - to search for alluvial gold in the Victorian goldfields during the 1850s. A fourth prospector is shown carrying a sack over his back.

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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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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 ...

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Mining model - surfacing and puddling, shallow alluvial workings, Victoria, c1858

This is a mining model made by Carl Nordstrom at Ballarat between 1858 and 1859. Originally entitled 'Surfacings', it shows a typical scene of mining equipment and activities associated with the working of shallow surface alluvial gold deposits. The model is 106 cm long, 76 cm wide and 46 cm high, and it was built to the ...