Australian Gold Discoveries

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    In Victoria chinese had to pay 10 euros to land, so most of them went to Robe in SA to see if there is gold there.
  • Start of the Gold Rush

    Start of the Gold Rush
    Edward Hargraves, accompanied by John lister found five specks of alluvial gold in Summerhill Creek, Ophir, NSW. The word spread quickly, causing people from the Californian Gold Rush and all around the world to come and hopefully strike it rich. That was how the first Australian Gold Rush started.
  • Centre of the Gold Rush

    Centre of the Gold Rush
    People discovered gold in Bathurst, NSW when they were heading to Ophir. Sofala, Hill End and Ophir were the main places that people went to.
  • Ballarat VIC

    James Reagan and John Dunlop were camping north of Bunniyong close to a creek from the 21st to the 24th where they soon discovered what was to become one of the wealthiest goldfields in the world.
  • The Bendigo Women Panners

    Mrs Farrel and Margret Kennedy were wives of workers fromMt Alexander North pastoral property and were seen by journalist Henry French panning in the creek and filling pans with gold. Which began the rush to Bendigo.
  • Beechworth VIC

    Beechworth became the most popular place to mine in north-east Victoria after gold was discovered at David Reed's Sheep Station.
  • Onkaparinga

    The Colonial Secretary and a few police watched at a creek in Onkaparinga, SA to see if W. Capman's claim of finding gold was true and with efficient panning techniques the dirt shot out and there they could see the shining gold at the bottom of the pan.
  • Ararat VIC

    Mamy Chinese people mined in Ararat, VIC for quite a while before the Europeans came and asked them for their Victorian Resedence licences because they knew that if a Chinese person had no licence they couldn't own a miners claim. The Europeans took hold of over 60 claims and all the chinese could do was sell their mining equipment and materials.
  • Trapped in Canoona

    15,000 miners were stranded in Canoona, QLD with no food or gold. Rumours about abundant gold were spurred by greedy agents and ship owners to earn business.The Victorian Government fortunately rescued most of the miners (for some had already died) and brought them to the Victorian shore.
  • Race Riots

    Race Riots
    Minners had discovered gold in Burragong Creek, NSW a year before the brutal race riots in July where the Europeans scalped chinese miners ponytails. They were doing this because out of all the miners there were many Chinese and most of the time they were actually more successful.
  • Stringers Creek, VIC

    Edward Stringer was an ex-convict who with his friends; William Griffiths and McGregor found the gold that started the Walhalla diggings.
  • Gympie Gold Rush

    Many chinese came to Gympie, QLD after the riots to be away from the Europeans but James Nashville found Gold while panning which caused the Gympie gold rush but it was stopped after the goldfeilds flooded in 1893.
  • Beaconsfield TAS

    Gold was panned in Beaconsfield, TAS and by 1877 there was, at its highest, 53 companies in Beaconsfield which was the richest gold mine in Tasmania.
  • Darwin NT

    Gold was actually discovered in 1865 but the rush to Darwin began in 1871 when construction gangs were constructing something they found gold at Pine Creek, Darwin, NT.
  • Aboriginal Miner

    Aboriginal Miner
    Aboriginal stockman Jupiter Mosman was looking for a horse that went stray, he found some nuggets at the bottom of Burdekin River at Charters Towers, QLD. His boss and some friends went to Ravenswood lodge to claim where the gold was found.
  • Largest Gold Specimen

    Largest Gold Specimen
    The largest reef gold specimen was found at the Star of Hope mine in Hill End, NSW by Bernard Otto Holtermann. In this picture the photographer had to copy and paste the background, specimen and man because the specimen had already been crushed and melted.
  • Palmer River, QLD

    William Hann discovered gold in Palmer River while he was exploring Cape York Peninsula. Later he named Palmer River after the Queensland Cheif Secretary, Arthur Palmer.
  • Tilba Rush

    Tilba Rush
    Traces of gold were found in a stream by Reverend William B Clark in 1852 but when the Cowdry Brothers unearthed reef gold in 1877 they started the Tilba Rush in Tilba Tilba, NSW. Mount Dromedary Mining company mined 42,522 grains of gold between 1878 and 1900.
  • Kalgoorie WA

    The Irish Patrick Hannan discovered gold between Kalgoorie and Coolgardie (actually in Kalgoorie) which is now named the golden mile.
  • Second Biggest Nugget

    Second Biggest Nugget
    The second biggest gold nugget was unearthed in Larkinville, WA by J Larcombe and his son and they named it Golgen Eagle which weighed about 35kg.