Australian Gold Rush Timeline

  • First discovery of gold

    First discovery of gold
    Government
    Surveyor James
    McBrien discovers
    traces of gold in
    the Fish River,
    east of Bathurst.
  • Discovery in the Blue Mountains.

    Discovery in the Blue Mountains.
    Explorer and geologist Paul de Strzelecki
    discovers small amounts of gold in silicate
    near Hartley in the Blue Mountains. On hearing
    of the f ind, New South Wales Governor George
    Gipps officially requests that no mentions are made of it in de Strzelecki's reports.
  • Finding gold Sheep

    Finding gold Sheep
    William Campbell
    finds gold on his
    sheep run in
    Strathlodden,
    Victoria.
  • Finding a little bit of gold

    Finding a little bit of gold
    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.'
  • Hiding gold

    Hiding gold
    Governor George
    Gipps moves to
    suppress all
    reports of gold
    discoveries in
    New South
    Wales.
  • First payable gold

    First payable gold
    First payable gold
    discovered at Ophir
    in NSW by Edward
    Hargraves beginning of the
    great Australian
    gold rush.
  • Gold Miners rebel

    Gold Miners rebel
    Gold Miners rebel
    at Eureka,
    Victoria.The rebellion led
    to the abolition of
    the Miner's Licence.
  • The First Royal Mint

    The First Royal Mint
    British Secretary of State gives permission for the establishment of the Sydney Mint. This was the first Royal Mint to be established outside of England.
  • Gold discovered in Queensland

    Gold discovered in Queensland
    Gold discovered
    in Queensland,
    at Rockhampton.
  • The world largest piece of gold.

    The world largest piece of gold.
    '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 found in SA Birdwood.

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

    The 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.
  • First discoveries of gold in WA

    First discoveries of gold in WA
    First WA gold
    discoveries at
    Halls Creek.
    Triggers gold
    rush in WA.
  • Lots of gold in WA goldfields

    Lots of gold in WA goldfields
    Large amounts of
    gold found at the
    Murchison
    goldfield, WA.
  • 2 people discover lots of gold

    2 people discover lots of gold
    Bayley and Ford
    discover large gold
    deposits at
    Coolgardie in WA.
  • Hannan strikes gold

    Hannan strikes gold
    Hannan's
    discovery at
    Kalgoorlie,
    the last and
    most
    important
    early
    goldf ield.
  • The Perth mint is Established

    The Perth mint is Established
    The Perth Mint is
    established to
    prof it from
    Australia's richest
    goldfield at
    Kalgoorlie.