Bendigo, Victoria, 1857

Bendigo, Victoria, 1857

The Australian Gold Rush via the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland #history #genealogy  (Image of gold fever miners).

The Australian Gold Rush via the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Image of gold fever miners).

Bendigo Town Hall, Victoria, Australia

Bendigo Town Hall, Victoria, Australia

Today is a significant day and not just because it's the last BtN of the year. It's also the anniversary of a very famous event in Australia's history called the Eureka Stockade. Sarah visited Ballarat in Victoria to find out what it was and why it's so important.

The of December is the anniversary of a very famous event in Australia's history called the Eureka Stockade. Sarah visited Ballarat in Victoria to find out what it was and why it's so important.

Licensing tent by S.T. Gill

Gold Digging, Australian Goldfields, Fisher S Milieu, 1853

Miner's Right - Issued at Maryborough, Victoria, Feb 1865 - Museum Victoria

Miner's Right - Issued at Maryborough, Victoria, Feb 1865 - Museum Victoria I do wonder if one will ever turn up with one of my family names.

The Australian Gold Rush - Diggers (State Library of NSW)

This old photo shows men and boys digging for gold in the Australian gold rush. The novel's latter chapters take place amid the gold rush and feature rebellious prospectors called "diggers.

Lambing Flat riots 1861. Victoria taxed Chinese at £10 a head.  This created an illegal trade whereby the Chinese were dropped off at ports in South Australia.  Chinese diggers left Australia and went back to China with their gold.  It was a drain on the economy.  Riots ensued at gold mines between Chinese and European diggers.  So all states legislated against Chinese in 1880.  Their number quickly declined and many of those who remained grew vegetables for the European community.

1860 Lambing Flat Roll Up Banner

Bush scene, three women panning for gold  Courtesy of the La Trobe Picture Collection  State Library of Victoria

Bush scene, three women panning for gold Courtesy of the La Trobe Picture Collection State Library of Victoria

Works on Paper - Samuel Thomas Gill - Australian Art Auction Records

Works on Paper - Samuel Thomas Gill - Australian Art Auction Records

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