The Gold Rush

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The Gold Rush

THE GOLD RUSH

Gold was first discovered in Australia in 1823 by James McBrien near Bathhurst. Finds were kept quiet for fear of violent chaos with communities. Another reason the gold rush didn't take off until the 1850's is because before this time all gold found in Australia belonged to the government. Gold was often found in isolated places, so the news didn't travel very far.

Time Line

1850

Beginning of Australian Gold Rush

Victorian gold was extremely pure and abundant, just below the surface of the soil. In the peak years of the 'Gold Rush'(1852-1855) Victoria was producing most of the world's gold.

1851

First payed gold descovery in Ophir N.S.W.

1854

Eureka Rebellion-miners protest conditions

1855

1856

Establishment of Sydney Mint- First Royal Mint outside of England

Gold Rush ends

In 1851 Edward Hargraves discovered gold in a water hole near Bathurst. He named the place 'Ophir' and was appointed 'Commissioner of Land', received 10,000 pound and a life pension.There was 26.4 tonnes of gold found in NSW in 1852 but, this was insignifcant compared to the amount of gold found in Victoria.

In 1858, 22 miners discovered 'The Welcome' nugget, weighing 63 kg.

Part of the Eureka Rebel flag was cut up by the miners and kept as souvenirs.


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