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Glossary of mining terms from the Victorian Gold Rush

Historical resources such as old newspapers and goldfields maps are extremely valuable when researching gold rush history or searching for potential new gold prospecting locations. A quick look throug...
Posted 04/06/2021 in Gold
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Early accounts of the Clunes diggings

The Clunes Diggings struck fame as the first marketable gold field in Victoria, beginning in July 1851. The operations at the Clunes Diggings were more accurately described as 'mining' than 'diggings'...
Posted 15/05/2021 in Gold
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Early accounts of the Bendigo Diggings

The Bendigo Diggings began in 1851, born out of the famed Mount Alexander diggings - though at an unfortunate time of year when water was scarce and the ground dry and hard. Despite this early difficu...
Posted 08/05/2021 in Gold
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Early accounts of the Maryborough Diggings

First known as Simson's Diggings, Maryborough's gold rush began in the winter of 1854. The area quickly gained its reputation as a rich and profitable field, with reports of magnificent gold nuggets b...
Posted 06/05/2021 in Gold
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Early accounts of the Forest Creek diggings

The following accounts were published in newspapers during the first few months of the rush to Forest Creek, and give us an interesting insight into the early development of the Forest Creek Diggings.
Posted 06/05/2021 in Gold
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State Gold Batteries in the Victorian Goldfields

From the late 19th century, assistance was provided to gold miners by the Victorian Government through the installation and operation of small gold batteries. These were known as State or Government B...
Posted 04/05/2021 in Gold
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Local gold prospecting guides for the Victorian Goldfields

Are you looking to try your luck gold detecting, panning or sluicing in the Victorian Goldfields? People have been prospecting for gold in the Victorian Goldfields since the 19th century gold rush saw...
Posted 26/04/2021 in Gold
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Best campgrounds for gold prospecting in the Victorian Goldfields

One of the best ways to spend a weekend in the Victorian Goldfields is to set up camp and settle in for weekend of gold detecting, panning or sluicing. We've put together this handy list of campground...
Posted 16/02/2021 in Gold
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Gold prospecting guide for Castlemaine

Are you looking to try your luck gold prospecting around Castlemaine? During the gold rush, thousands upon thousands of people rushed to this area (then known as the Mount Alexander Diggings) seeking ...
Posted 09/02/2021 in Gold
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Gold prospecting guide for Inglewood and Wedderburn

The areas around Inglewood and Wedderburn are famous for their history of massive gold discoveries, including the unforgettable Hand of Faith, and the region remains a popular destination for gold pro...
Posted 06/02/2021 in Gold
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Gold prospecting guide for Ballarat Victoria

Are you looking to try your luck gold prospecting around Ballarat? The region is world famous for the huge alluvial gold nugget discoveries which continue to hit the news today! Ballarat and surrounds...
Posted 05/02/2021 in Gold
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Gold prospecting guide for Dunolly and Moliagul

World-famous for the 1869 discovery of the Welcome Stranger gold nugget, the areas around Dunolly and Moliagul are a renowned destination for gold prospecting. Filled with old diggings, historic sites...
Posted 05/02/2021 in Gold
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Gold prospecting guide for Maryborough Victoria

Maryborough is a popular destination for gold prospectors. Countless massive gold nuggets have been found throughout the region since the 1850s, with significant discoveries still being unearthed toda...
Posted 02/02/2021 in Gold
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Historical Gold Maps of the Western Australian Goldfields

This list of maps links to historical maps for various towns and regions throughout the Western Australian goldfields. These maps have been selected because they display useful information regarding t...
Posted 01/01/2021 in Gold
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Crevicing for gold in creeks and rivers

Crevicing is a method of extracting gold from any cracks or crevices in a river bed, and is an effective way of retrieving gold from a creek or river without having to process lots of gravel. The crac...
Posted 22/12/2020 in Gold
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Connect with others and learn how to find gold in Victoria

Looking to learn more about gold prospecting and how to find gold in Victoria? One of the best things you can do is connect with other gold prospectors, whether it's online or in person, and share gol...
Posted 21/12/2020 in Gold
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Online directory of Victorian gold maps

Take a look through the following sections to find gold maps for prospecting in Victoria, including historical maps, state/national park maps, interactive online maps, and gold map books you can buy o...
Posted 11/12/2020 in Gold
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How to read historical gold maps

If you're just starting out prospecting and/or seeing some of the terms used on the maps for the first time (such as "reef, lead, alluvial workings" etc), the maps can get a little confusing. We've pu...
Posted 07/12/2020 in Gold
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Melbourne to the Goldfields, a gold prospecting guide!

Thinking of heading out from Melbourne to try your luck searching for gold in the Victorian Goldfields? We've got all the information you need to get started!
Posted 06/12/2020 in Gold
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The Weekend Prospector with Andrew Bales

The new season of The Weekend Prospector has premiered, and judging by the first episode it's definitely shaping up to be one of the best modern educational resources to help prospectors find more gol...
Posted 13/09/2020 in Gold
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