TLF ID R3179
This is an 1853 hand-coloured lithographic print, entitled 'Cradling. Forrest Creek'. It was made by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80) from a sketch done on the spot as he watched gold miners cradle for gold at Forest Creek (as it was more commonly spelled), in Victoria. One miner scoops water into the cradle, while the other rocks the cradle back and forth to sluice the water over the mud and gravel they have previously placed in it. A pan and shovel lie in the foreground, while in the background other miners are working. There are two indistinct dwellings in the background - one is a slab hut with a smoking chimney and the other appears to be a canvas tent stretched over a wooden frame with a limp flag hanging from a pole. The print measures 15.8 cm x 19.5 cm and was one of the plates in the publication 'Sketches of the Victoria gold diggings and diggers as they are'.