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The Australian Gold Rush by Wendy 5M

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    The Australian Gold Rush

  • First Official Reports Of Finding Gold

    First Official Reports Of Finding Gold
    First official reports of finding gold In Australia by J Mcbrien.The infomation was suppressed.
  • Gold Find In Hartley

    Gold Find In Hartley
    Geologists P E Strzelecki and Rev W B Clarke find gold near Hartley.
  • Transportation Of Convicts

    Transportation Of Convicts
    Transportation of convicts to NSW ceased.
  • Gold In California

    Gold In California
    Gold discovered in California (announced in December 1848).
  • Mining Mineral Resources

    Mining Mineral Resources
    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.
  • Australians Sail For California

    Australians Sail For California
    Californian gold rush. A great many Australians sailed for California.
  • Edward Hargraves

    Edward Hargraves
    GOLD- Who is Edward Hargraves
    Edward Hargraves returned from California and washed gold at Summer Hill Creek Ophir.Athough 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 endof 1851 the incredibly rich Ballarat and Bendigo fields were in production.
  • Growth Of Population

    Growth Of Population
    Prospectors started arriving from overseas. Approximately 100 000 arrived in1852. Ships' crews deserted. Women were left while their husbands went in earch of gold. Australia's population went from 404 276 to 1 097 305 between1850 and 1860. Small gold deposits were discovered in New Zealand.
  • Licence Fees Reduced

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

    The Eureka Stockade
    Riot or Revolution - The Eureka Stockade 1854
    Discontent with the licensing system and lack of political rights came to a head in the Eureka Stockade. An inquiry followed.
  • Licence Replaced

    Licence Replaced
    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.
  • Similar Changes

    Similar Changes
    NSW adopted similar changes in licensing and voting to Victoria.
  • Gold Discovered In British Columbia

    Gold Discovered In British Columbia
    Gold discovered in British Columbia (25 000 prospectors).
  • Fitzroy River

    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 penniless diggers had to be helped to return to Victoria or to the inland NSW goldfields.
  • Chinese On The Goldfields

    Chinese On The Goldfields
    An influx of Chinese miners meant that by 1860 one fifth of all adult men in Victoria were Chinese.
  • Lambing Flat Riots

    Lambing Flat riots, in which whites attacked Chinese miners.
  • Gold Find In New Zealand

    Gold Find 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 At Coolgardie

    Gold At Coolgardie
    Gold discovered at Coolgardie, WA.
  • Gold Discover In Gympie

    Gold Discover In Gympie
    A valuable goldfield discovered in Gympie, Queensland.
  • Gold Found On The Rand, South Africa

    Gold Found On The Rand, South Africa
    Valuable deposits of very deep gold discovered on the Rand, South Africa. It took money and machinery to extract this gold.
  • Gold Discovered At Kalgoorlie

    Gold Discovered At Kalgoorlie
    Kalgoorlie Gold Mining WA 1930's -- 1950's
    Gold discovered at Kalgoorlie, WA.
  • Gold Discovery At Alaska

    Gold Discovery At Alaska
    The first goldfields were alluvial or surface goldfields, where the gold could be washed or winnowed from the soil. The life of these goldfield was short. In Victoria 1852, it was estimated that the value of gold found by diggers was an average of 324 oz per head. By 1856 it had fallen to 103 oz and it further decline to 78 oz per head. In Victoria in 1856, there were 115 000 propestors (or alluvial diggers)