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Gold rush poem, 1851. The Rhyme of the Melbourne Mania

This interesting 1851 poem describes the madness which gripped Victoria (then known as the Port Phillip District of New South Wales) in the early days of Australia's gold rush, the offer of a £200 re...
Posted 06/05/2019 in Gold
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Children of the Victorian Gold Rush

Life for children on the goldfields during the 1850's gold rush was rife with danger and illness - the Pennyweight Flat Children's Cemetery in Castlemaine is a heartbreaking testament to the fact. An ...
Posted 26/04/2018 in People
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Abandoned mines of the Victorian Goldfields

Mineshafts and mullock heaps are an extremely common sight throughout the bushland of the goldfields, and you can regularly come across abandoned mine tunnels, discarded boilers, machinery site founda...
Posted 10/04/2018 in Gold
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Puddling machines of the Victorian Goldfields

Puddling machines, or "puddlers" were pioneered on the Victorian goldfields in 1854. This technology was developed as an affordable way of processing gold-bearing clay on a large scale. Puddling machi...
Posted 04/04/2018 in Gold
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The Welcome Stranger gold nugget

The largest alluvial gold nugget ever found was the world famous "Welcome Stranger", which was unearthed in 1869. John Deason and Richard Oates discovered the massive gold nugget mere inches below the...
Posted 03/04/2018 in Gold
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Mining ruins and relics throughout the Central Goldfields

Gold puddlers, cornish boilers, cyanide vats, mine shafts, mine tunnels, battery sites, and monuments commemorating significant gold discoveries can be found hidden away throughout the Box Ironbark fo...
Posted 27/01/2018 in Things to do
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