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Lone Graves of the Goldfields

Lone graves are a fascinating feature of the Victorian Goldfields, and along with the region's historical cemeteries they pro...
Posted 25/05/2019 in History
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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 wo...
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 gold digge...
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. Richard Egan Lee, April 12 1876, M...
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 Vi...
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. No doub...
Posted 19/04/2019 in History
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April Fools Hoax in Creswick, 1873

Creswick was alive with mischief on April Fools Day in 1873, when some prankster played an impressive hoax...
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

'The License Inspected', by ST Gill. State Library of Victoria There are many fascinating old tales of mischi...
Posted 10/03/2019 in History
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Fire in Sandhurst (Bendigo) Christmas Day, 1857

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

The golden Christmas cake, 1872. Image source: State Library Victoria Imagine walking through the...
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 on Chri...
Posted 02/12/2018 in History
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Christmas on the goldfields

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 ...
Posted 26/05/2018 in History
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