On the Australian Goldfields

While thousands of people rushed to the goldfields in search of quick gold discoveries and instant wealth, many eventually left broke, sick and disillusioned. Life on the diggings was hardly glamorous. The goldfields offered few, if any, creature comforts. For the most part, diggers lived under roughly constructed canvas tents which they erected on or near their claim. A few would sometimes join together to construct a rough hut.
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Market Square Castlemaine, Forest Creek - GILL, S.T.

Market Square Castlemaine, Forest Creek - GILL, S.T.

Prospecting - S.T.Gill

Prospecting - S.T.Gill

The New Rush 1865 S.T.Gill

The New Rush 1865 S.T.Gill

On Bendigo Creek 1852 - GILL, S.T.

On Bendigo Creek 1852 - GILL, S.T.

Dana Street Hill Ballarat - A typical puddler - the brothers Kneeshaw, Wesleyan Chapel on the rise

Dana Street Hill Ballarat - A typical puddler - the brothers Kneeshaw, Wesleyan Chapel on the rise

Ophir diggings

Ophir diggings

Gold diggers of the Turon shifting their goods from one locality to another

Gold diggers of the Turon shifting their goods from one locality to another

Oil painting of the United Extended Band of Hope (#2 mine) Gold Mining Company, circa 1865. Close up of the mine, with figures in the foreground: 3 horse and carts (one of which has WRIGLEY written on it): plus a purple coated gentleman and two ladies, directly in front of the mine. The poppet head is flying a brown and white flag, with the words "UNITED EXTENDED G.M. CO" written on it. Next to this are 2 red brick chimneys, one big, one small. The Atlantic Hotel is on the right.

Oil painting of the United Extended Band of Hope ( mine) Gold Mining Company, circa Close up of the mine, with figures in the foreground: 3 horse and carts (one of which has WRIGLEY written on

Ophir, Summer Hill Creek

Ophir, Summer Hill Creek

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