1848- A large quantity of gold is discovered in northern California & thousands of often violently ambitious men pour in to dig it up.  Over the next decade, 80% of the "timid & friendly" native population is killed off.  In 1850, California will be annexed to the United States as a free state, angering the southeastern slave states.

1848- A large quantity of gold is discovered in northern California & thousands of often violently ambitious men pour in to dig it up. Over the next decade, 80% of the "timid & friendly" native population is killed off. In 1850, California will be annexed to the United States as a free state, angering the southeastern slave states.

Gold Rush | The diggers looking for gold in Australia. Opposition to the Chinese mining claims and prospecting was widespread and it is well documented that the Chinese, who did not usually contest their status on the fields, were generally left to work over areas that European miners had already worked. They often found rich sums of gold on these leftover claims by working more meticulously which angered the European diggers even more.

Gold Rush | The diggers looking for gold in Australia. Opposition to the Chinese mining claims and prospecting was widespread and it is well documented that the Chinese, who did not usually contest their status on the fields, were generally left to work over areas that European miners had already worked. They often found rich sums of gold on these leftover claims by working more meticulously which angered the European diggers even more.

The Chinese prospectors walked from South Australia to Victoria ©Getty Images

The Chinese prospectors walked from South Australia to Victoria ©Getty Images

A young  Chinese family in early Victoria . After  the gold rush , many stayed on to become successful merchants and traders .

A young Chinese family in early Victoria . After the gold rush , many stayed on to become successful merchants and traders .

Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre ARARAT, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. This interesting museum tells the story of Chinese gold miners and their discovery of gold in 1857 at the site of Ararat. A unique, and often untold, insight into Chinese culture within the context of the gold rush.

Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre ARARAT, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. This interesting museum tells the story of Chinese gold miners and their discovery of gold in 1857 at the site of Ararat. A unique, and often untold, insight into Chinese culture within the context of the gold rush.

Chinese Miners Camo, Sovereign Hill, Victoria, Australia

Discovering the gold rush days at Sovereign Hill

Chinese Miners Camo, Sovereign Hill, Victoria, Australia


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