Gold mining

Charlottes timeline gold

  • First offical reports of finging Gold in Australia

    First offical reports of the finding of Gold in Australia by
    James Mcbrian.The information was suppressed.
  • Finding of Gold near Hartley

    Finding of Gold near Hartley
    Geologists PE Strzelecki and Rev WB Clarke fing gold near Hartley.
  • NSW ceased

    Transportation of convicts to NSW ceased.
  • Gold discovered in California

    Gold discovered in California (announced in December 1848).
  • California Gold Rush

    Californian gold rush. A great many Australians sailed for California.
  • Approval of the mining of Minerals

    Governor Fitzroy approached the Colonial Office, advocating a policy for the exploitation of mineral resources. He requested a geologist, which led to the appointment of Samuel Stutchbury. This gave approval for the mining of mineral resources.
  • Returned from California

    Edward Hargraves returned from California and washed gold at Summer Hill Creek, Ophir. Although he showed little skill in discovering new fields, he received recognition and financial rewards. The early rush to the NSW fields led to a serious decline in the population in Victoria, so a reward was offered for the discovery of gold in that region. Several claimants came forward, and by the end of 1851 the incredibly rich Ballarat and Bendigo fields were in production. Licence fees of 30/- a month
  • Prospectors started arriving from overseas.

    Prospectors started arriving from overseas. Approximately 100 000 arrived in 1852. Ships' crews deserted. Women were left while their husbands went in search of gold. Australia's population went from 404 276 to 1 097 305 between 1850 and 1860. Small gold deposits were discovered in New Zealand
  • The licence fee

    The licence fee in NSW was reduced to 10/- a month after near riots at Turon. Victoria followed suit a few months later.
  • Eureka Stockade

    Discontent with the licensing system and lack of political rights came to a head in the Eureka Stockade. An inquiry followed.
  • Miners Right

    In Victoria, the licence was replaced with the `Miner's Right', costing 1/- per annum and carrying the right to vote. An export duty of 2s 6d per ounce was placed on gold instead.
  • Licensing and voting to Victoria

    NSW adopted similar changes in licensing and voting to Victoria
  • Gold discovered in British Columbia

    Gold discovered in British Columbia (25 000 prospectors).
  • A small deposit of gold found north of Fitzroy River

    A small deposit of gold was discovered north of Fitzroy River in north Queensland. The few acres were soon exhausted by the arrivals. 5000-6000 footsore and penniless diggers had to be helped to return to Victoria or to the inland NSW goldfields.
  • Chinese miners

    An influx of Chinese miners meant that by 1860 one fifth of all adult men in Victoria were Chinese.
  • Attacked Chinese miners

    Lambing Flat riots, in which whites attacked Chinese miners.
  • Workable gold discovered in New Zealand

    Workable gold discovered in New Zealand. Between 1861 and 1863, 64 000 people travelled to Otago from Australia, while only 8600 arrived from Britain.
  • Gold discovered in Coolgardie WA

    Gold discovered at Coolgardie, WA
  • Gold discovered in Gympie QLD

    A valuable gold field discovered in Gympie, Queensland.
  • Gold found in South Africa

    Valuable deposits of very deep gold discovered on the Rand, South Africa. It took money and machinery to extract this gold.
  • Gold dicovered in Kalgoorlie

    Gold discovered at Kalgoorlie, WA.
  • Discovery of Gold in Alaska

    Gold discovered in Alaska

    While I was on camp we went gold panning.The water was freezing but i still found gold.:)