Australian Gold Rush

  • First Traces of Gold near Bathurst

    First Traces of Gold near Bathurst
    Government Surveyor James McBrien discovers traces of gold in the Fish River, east of Bathurst
  • More gold findings, near the Blue Mountains but authorities cut it down

    More gold findings, near the Blue Mountains but authorities cut it down
    Explorer and geologist Paul de Strzelecki discovers small amounts of gold in silicate near Hartley in the Blue Mountains. On hearing of the find, New South Wales governor George Gipps officially requests that no mentions are made of it in de Strzelecki's reports.
  • Gold found in Starthlodden, Victoria

    Gold found in Starthlodden, Victoria
    William Campbell finds gold on his sheep run in Starthlodden, Victoria.
  • Governer George Gipps turns down gold findings

    Governer George Gipps turns down gold findings
    Clergyman and amateur geologist William Branwhite Clarke discovers traces of gold at Hassan's Wells, near Lithgow. When presented with these new discoveries, Governor George Gipps
    responds, 'Put it away, Mr Clarke, or we shall all have our throats cut.'
  • George Gipps suppresses reports of gold discoveries in NSW

    George Gipps suppresses reports of gold discoveries in NSW
    Governor George Gipps moves to suppress all reports of gold discoveries in New South Wales.
  • The beginning of the great Australian gold rush.

    The beginning of the great Australian gold rush.
    First payable gold discovered at Ophir in NSW by Edward
    Hargraves -
    beginning of the great Australian gold rush.
  • Gold miners rebel against the Miner's Licence.

    Gold miners rebel against the Miner's Licence.
    Gold miners rebel at Eureka, Victoria. The rebellion led to the abolition of the Miner's Licence.
  • The Sydney Mint establishment permitted

    The Sydney Mint establishment permitted
    British Secretary of State gives permission for the establishment of the Sydney Mint.
  • Gold discovered in Queensland.

    Gold discovered in Queensland.
    Gold discovered in Queensland, at Rockhampton.
  • Largest gold nugget ever found

    Largest gold nugget ever found
    'Welcome Stranger' nugget discovered by John Deason and Richard Oates in Moliagul, Victoria. It is the world's largest nugget found to date.
  • First gold discovered in SA

    First gold discovered in SA
    Rich gold deposits found in North Queensland. First gold discovered in SA at Birdwood.
  • Worlds largest piece of gold-bearing material

    Worlds largest piece of gold-bearing material
    World's largest piece of gold-bearing material, the Holtermann Nugget (a mixture of slate and gold weighing 235 kg) found by William Holtermann at Hill End, NSW.
  • Gold rush in WA

    Gold rush in WA
    First WA gold discoveries at Halls Creek. Triggers gold rush in WA.
  • Large amounts of gold found in WA

    Large amounts of gold found in WA
    Large amounts of gold found at the Murchison goldfield, WA.
  • Large gold deposits discovered in Coolgardie, WA

    Large gold deposits discovered in Coolgardie, WA
    Bayley and Ford discover large gold deposits at Coolgardie in WA.
  • The last and most important early goldfield

    The last and most important early goldfield
    Hannan's discovery at Kalgoorlie, the last and most important early goldfield.