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Underground mine cave-in, image kindly provided by The Victorian Historical Mine Shaft Chasers Inc ...
Posted 22/01/2020 in History
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Hidden history around Maryborough, Victoria

%links_ad% Maryborough is filled with significant remnants of a bygone era. Grand gold rush architecture is a striki...
Posted 30/12/2019 in History
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Lone Graves of the Goldfields

%links_ad% Lone graves are a fascinating feature of the Victorian Goldfields, ...
Posted 25/05/2019 in History
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Diaries and memoirs from the Victorian gold rush

%links_ad% 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 l...
Posted 26/04/2019 in History
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The moral state of the diggings during the Victorian gold rush

Diggers. Image source: Notes of a go...
Posted 25/04/2019 in History
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The wizard miners of the 16th century, De Re Metallica

Divining for veins. De Re Metallica Book II, Georgius Agricola, 1556. ...
Posted 25/04/2019 in History
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The dark side of the Victorian Goldfields

Young man holding smoking shotgun at the throat of his uncle, who lay in his bed beside his wife. Richar...
Posted 22/04/2019 in History
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Easter Monday celebrations in 19th century Victoria

The Yarra on Easter Monday, Frederick Grosse, engraver, 1867. Source: State Library Victoria. ...
Posted 19/04/2019 in History
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Victoria's Easter Grinch, 1865

Easter in Victoria, Melbourne, Davide Syme and Co. 1889. Source: State Library Victoria. %links_ad% ...
Posted 19/04/2019 in History
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April Fools Hoax in Creswick, 1873

%links_ad% Creswick was alive with mischief on April Fools Day in 1873, when some prankster played a...
Posted 31/03/2019 in History
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The Maryborough Ghost

A ghost from The Illustrated Police News, similar to the "Maryborough Ghost" as described in 1871. ...
Posted 29/03/2019 in History
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Licence evasion, treachery and triumph on the Mt Alexander Diggings, 1852

%links_ad% 'The License Inspected', by ST Gill. State Library of Victoria There are m...
Posted 10/03/2019 in History
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Fire in Sandhurst (Bendigo) Christmas Day, 1857

%links_ad% Sandhurst (Bendigo) Victoria, 1857. Published by Sands & Kenny, Melbourne & Sydney, 1857. Plate from Victoria illustrated / S.T. Gill. Image source: State L...
Posted 24/12/2018 in History
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The Golden Christmas Cake, 1872

%links_ad% The golden Christmas cake, 1872. Image source: State Library Victoria Imagin...
Posted 21/12/2018 in History
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An 1850s Christmas wedding with a tragic end

A grievous tale told by Ellen Clacy in her book A Lady's Visit to the Gold Diggings of Australia in 1852-53 describes the tragic demise of a woman who, set to marry her love ...
Posted 02/12/2018 in History
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Christmas on the goldfields

%links_ad% Christmas pudding in the bush, 1856. Image source: State Library Victoria ...
Posted 24/11/2018 in History
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The Murders at Mia Mia Flat

Mia Mia Flat, near Talbot VIC Mia Mia Flat, a historic goldfield between Talbot and Lillicur, harbours a dark and terrible history. At least two murd...
Posted 26/05/2018 in History
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