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20 top spots for family barbecues in the Victorian Goldfields

Picnics and playgrounds are a great way to spend the afternoon with the family! There are many places throughout the Victorian Goldfields which feature excellent play spaces and barbecue facilities. T...
Posted 19/05/2019 in Things to do
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30 amazing places for kids to explore in the Victorian Goldfields

There are so many amazing places for kids to explore throughout the Victorian Goldfields! My own kids have had so much fun on their adventures through this amazing region that it was hard to choose ju...
Posted 18/05/2019 in Things to do
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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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Resource directory for gold prospecting, gold history and exploring the Victorian Goldfields

There are lots of fantastic resources across the Goldfields Guide website which are useful for both gold prospectors and those interested in exploring the history and features of the Victorian Goldfie...
Posted 06/05/2019 in Gold
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Tiddles the duck and his Goldfields adventures

The heartwarming story of Tiddles, a three year old Indian Runner duck who spends his spare time adventuring through the Victorian Goldfields, despite the fact that he lives with a spinal defect and d...
Posted 28/04/2019 in Adventure
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Diaries and memoirs from the Victorian gold rush

Diaries and memoirs are an extremely valuable source of information about life in Victoria during the 19th century gold rush. These first hand accounts, written by people living and working on the gol...
Posted 26/04/2019 in History
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The moral state of the diggings during the Victorian gold rush

People were living and working under truly extraordinary circumstances during the early 1850s in Victoria. Thousands were flocking here in a frenzy with just one thing on their mind - gold! Their only...
Posted 25/04/2019 in History
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The wizard miners of the 16th century, De Re Metallica

De Re Metallica provides us with a wealth of insight into the mining industry during the renaissance as well as the culture, legalities, architecture and costume of the time. It is certainly fascinati...
Posted 25/04/2019 in History
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Jokes about gold, prospecting and mining

A collection of jokes about gold, prospecting and mining
Posted 23/04/2019 in Gold
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The dark side of the Victorian Goldfields

The Victorian Goldfields host a rich, fascinating, and often gruesome history. A casual browse through old newspaper articles can quickly reveal the darker side of life in Victoria during the 19th and...
Posted 22/04/2019 in History
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10 things you've got to experience in the Victorian Goldfields

There is so much to experience in the Victorian Goldfields region! You can try your luck at gold prospecting, take a guided tour of an underground gold mine, learn about the rich local history, explor...
Posted 22/04/2019 in Things to do
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Easter Monday celebrations in 19th century Victoria

Easter during the 19th century in Victoria was a time for festivity and leisure, with Easter Monday being the main day of celebration. Picnics, parades, sports, dancing, and trips to the beach or coun...
Posted 19/04/2019 in History
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Victoria's Easter Grinch, 1865

No doubt you have heard of the Christmas Grinch, but have you heard of the Easter Grinch? Apparently he lived in Melbourne during the 1860s.
Posted 19/04/2019 in History
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Fool's Gold

"All that glitters is not gold" is a common phrase, variations of which have appeared abundantly throughout history. A proverb which can be applied to many aspects of life, you won't find a more liter...
Posted 01/04/2019 in Gold
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April Fools Hoax in Creswick, 1873

Creswick was alive with mischief on April Fools Day 1873, when some prankster played an impressive hoax on all the publicans in the district.
Posted 31/03/2019 in History
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Gold-bearing creeks and rivers in Victoria

The following list of creeks and rivers are open for prospecting (or have sections open for prospecting) and are known to contain gold. Please note that this list is not complete and will be added to ...
Posted 21/03/2019 in Places
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Historical gold maps of the Victorian Goldfields

The following list links to historical maps for various towns and regions throughout the Victorian Goldfields. These maps have been selected because they display useful information regarding the locat...
Posted 14/03/2019 in Gold
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Heritage train rides in Victoria

Enjoy a journey on a heritage train and travel between historic gold rush villages, across stunning gullies and gorges, through beautiful forests and along impressive old bridges. There are many organ...
Posted 12/03/2019 in Things to do
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