Victorian Goldfields

History of the places and people who made their living from the Australian goldfields in the 19th century - mainly Victoria
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The History of Ballarat, from the First Pastoral Settlement to the Present Time.

The History of Ballarat, from the First Pastoral Settlement to the Present Time by William Bramwell Withers.

Store draws camped on road to Ballarat 1853

The History of Ballarat, from the First Pastoral Settlement to the Present Time.

Alcohol abuse on the Victorian goldfields was considered to be at epidemic levels and had particularly severe consequences on Aboriginal communities already reeling from the effects of dispossession of their lands.  ‘Diggers at a sly grog shop warned of the approach of a commissioner’, Mason, Walter G, (1857), wood engraving,

Alcohol abuse on the Victorian goldfields was considered to be at epidemic levels and had particularly severe consequences on Aboriginal communities already reeling from the effects of dispossession of their lands. ‘Diggers at a sly grog shop warned of the approach of a commissioner’, Mason, Walter G, (1857), wood engraving,

Ballarat Flat from the Black Hill GILL, S.T. 1855-56

Ballarat Flat from the Black Hill GILL, S.T. 1855-56

~ GOLD ~Chinese in the Gold Rush

Chinese leaving for the diggings from Newstead on a Cobb & Co coach, - Language, A Key to Survival: Cantonese-English Phrasebooks in Australia - Culture Victoria

Mount Alexander Diggings

Mount Alexander Diggings

Robbing the Mail by S.T. Gill, from The Australian Sketchbook (1864)Image: Gold Museum Collection

S.T. Gill: The Artist of the Goldfields

Robbing the Mail by S. Gill, from The Australian Sketchbook Gold Museum Collection

Jane is a tough, pioneering woman, who’s lived a long life. She remembers Melbourne from the 1830s and lived throughout the gold-rush era and into the twentieth century. She has a story to tell, but is determined to keep her background secret from her family. Her nurse, Mary, has a secret from the Great War. Will they help each other come to terms with what they have each hidden in the past? Based on a true story, this novel is a broad sweep over the early years in Victoria, Australia.

Jane is a tough, pioneering woman, who’s lived a long life. She remembers Melbourne from the 1830s and lived throughout the gold-rush era and into the twentieth century. She has a story to tell, but is determined to keep her background secret from her family. Her nurse, Mary, has a secret from the Great War. Will they help each other come to terms with what they have each hidden in the past? Based on a true story, this novel is a broad sweep over the early years in Victoria, Australia.

Gold rush days, melbourne, s t gill, 1850s

Gain insights into everyday life in Victoria in our gallery of artworks by ST Gill, colonial Australia’s most popular artist.

At the peak of the gold rush in the 1850s, Castlemaine was home to almost 30,000 miners and was considered to be the richest goldfield in the world. #Castlemaine #Chewton #Goldfields #Mines #Victoria

At the peak of the gold rush in the Castlemaine was home to almost miners and was considered to be the richest goldfield in the world.

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