Gold Discoveries In Australia

  • New South Wales

    Bathurst was the first places gold was discovered, Edward Hargrave and John Lister and his friends were the first to discover gold, but a few years later John Lister took to court the fact that Hargrave got a reward of 10k but Lister and his friends didn't.
  • NSW- Summer Hlls

    NSW- Summer Hlls
    Edward Hargraves and John Lister and his friend moved down west to Summer Hills, because the more gold they found the more people started looking.
  • Victoria- Ballarat

    In August 1851 Thomas Hiscock was rewarded
    1k for finding gold at Buninyong which is south
    of Ballarat.
  • Bendigo

    Bendigo was a very productive mining town, Gold was also found in the Central Highlands: Castlemaine, Clunes,Chewton, Maldson, Maryborough and Beechworth. Victoria was and still is the richest goldfield state with about 1000 tonnes of gold found
  • South Australia- Echunga

    The South Australian Government offered a
    reward of £1,000 to the first miner who could find
    payable gold in the colony in 1851. 10,000 people came all around to mine Echunga, however the gold was gone very quickly.
  • Victoria- Ballarat

    In 1852 Gold had been found in Ballarat and 20,000
    miners came to look for gold, because they had heard of the reward.
  • Queensland- Port Curtis

    In 1858, 8000 victorians rushed to port curtis. However the promise of gold exaggerated and the findings were very little.
  • Tasmina- Fingal

    The first discovery of gold in Tasmania was on the Eastern Coast in Fingal. In 1859, it was here that they set up Tasmania’s first quartz crusher.
  • Victoria- Ballarat

    In 1864 Ballarat had 300 mines and 64,000 miners, as more gold was being found more, people joined.
  • Mount Morgan

    Mount Morgan is near Rockhampton and in 1860 gold was found, however, a mine was not developed until the 1890s. During this time, Mount Morgan was the richest mine in the world.
  • SA- Teetulpa

    Thomas Brady and Thomas Smith discovered gold
    in Teetulpa in 1866. Teetulpa is north of Adelaide
    and the conditions were hot and dusty for the
    miners. 5,000 miners found £300,000 worth of gold.
  • Queensland- Gympie

    Queensland- Gympie
    John Nash discovered gold in Gympie in 1867, it didn’t take long for this news to get around and 2 months later 25,000 miners had relocated to Gympie in the hope of finding gold.
  • Northern Territory- Pine Creek

    In 1871 construction workers building an overland telegraph line between Alice Springs and Darwin found gold by accident. A great deal of the workers for the line left this job to search for gold.
  • Palmer River

    Known as a dangerous place to mine, Palmer River was humid, hot and miners were bitten by insects and snakes. 17,000 miners were mining in Palmer River by 1877.
  • Western Australia-

    Western Australia was actually the last state to join the gold rush, however it proved to be the richest.
  • WA- Coolgardie

    In 1892, Arthur Bayley and Williams Flat found gold near a water hole in Coolgardie. It was this discovery that started the town. Gold is still being mined in Coolgardie today.
  • WA- Kalgoorlie

    In 1893, Addy Hannon, Tom Flanagan and Dan Shea found gold 40km east of Coolgardie. Like Coolgardie, a town was built around this discovery and is now known as Kalgoorlie. Kalgoorlie, was and still is today a very productive gold mine.
  • Northern Territory- Tennant Creek

    The most successful mining in the Northern Territory. Gold was originally found in 1895, however mining didn’t really begin until 1932. Tennant Creek is still has an active mining industry today.
  • Tasmina- Beconsfield

    On the Tamar River is the deep shaft Beaconsfield mine. This mine produced £77,2671 worth of gold by 1905, however by 1914 the mine was no longer productive and it was closed.