Gold Rush Timeline

By Nino15
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    Australian Gold Rush Time Line

  • James McBrien, 1st to find gold

    James McBrien found gold in 1823, but the government wanted to keep it quiet so that they could get ready for the gold rush., so they didn't make it official. Poor James didn't get any money for his find!
  • Edward Hargraves.

    Edward Hargraves announced the find of gold at a meeting in Bathurst, going against a prior agreement with two other men.
    Hargraves was awarded by the New South Wales Government for his find, he was paid £10 000 and was appointed Commissioner for Crown Land, the Victorian Government paid him £5 000. He only claimed £2 381 before the funds were frozen after James Tom protested. He was the first official person to find gold.
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    Gold Rush Time Line

  • The Eureka stockade

    The Eureka Stockade changed the way we govern this country.The rebellion came about because the goldfield workers opposed the government miners' licences. The licences were a simple way for the government to tax the diggers. Licence fees had to be paid regardless of whether a digger's claim resulted in any gold. Less successful diggers found it difficult to pay their licence fees.The rebellion came about because the goldfield workers (known as 'diggers') opposed the government miners' licences.
  • Miner's right.

    the rebellion of Eureka Stockade in December 1854 at Ballarat led to reform of the system with a cheaper annual fee of £1, the right to mine gold, the right to vote, and the right to own land. Previously the mining licence was eight pounds a year.
  • Buckland riot, the Chinese deserve better

    The Buckland Riot was an anti-Chinese race riot that occurred on 4 July 1857, in the goldfields of the Buckland Valley, Victoria, Australia. At the time approximately 2000 Chinese and 700 European migrants were living in the Buckland area. They cut off their Ponytails and ran them out of the town.
  • Captain Thunderbolt, escape from Cockatoo island.

    Captain Thunderbolt and a companion, Frederick Britten, slipped away from their Cockatoo Island workgang and hid for two days before swimming from the north side of the island, almost certainly to Woolwich. While most Thunderbolt books claim that Mary Ann Bugg assisted Ward in his escape, she in fact remained working in Dungog throughout Ward's second term on Cockatoo Island, and did not see him again until after his escape.
  • the Welcome Stranger.

    The welcome stranger is one of the largest gold nuggets found in Australia. It is worth about half a million dollars, and it was buried only 3 cm under the ground. Imagine walking along, and you stub your toe on something hard. You brush some dirt away and find a massive gold nugget! Now that's a lucky find!
  • Holterman nugget.

    in 1871, The Star of Hope Gold Mining Company struck rich veins of gold. Then, on 19 October 1872, the Holtermann Nugget was discovered. It was not strictly speaking a nugget, but rather a specimen or matrix (a vein of gold embedded in rock, in this case quartz), nor wasWilliam Holtermann the sole finder, but the name stuck. Holtermann attempted to buy the nugget from the company, offering ₤1000 over its estimated value, but was turned down. It was the piece of gold that gave the most resources
  • Ned Kelly's arrest.

    At Melbourne, Ned Kelly was tried for the murder of Constable Thomas Lonigan at Stringybark Creek. He was found guilty and the judge, Redmond Barry, sentenced him to death.
    Despite strong agitation for a reprieve Kelly was hanged at the Melbourne gaol on 11 November. He met his end without fear. His last words were 'Ah well, I suppose it has come to this', and by another version, 'Such is life'. Even though Ned Kelly was thought to be some sort of hero, I think he deserved what he got.
  • The gold rush ends, sob sob.

    The gold rush was an exciting event that developed Australia into what it is: The Southern Cross on the flag, the population, the way we are governed, and so much more, but now that it has ended, we turned back into a regular country. Lucky for us, though, most people brought their famil;ies to Australia and stayed. The gold rush changed us from a giant prison into an actual country.