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early Australian gold prospectors using a cradle and pan

early Australian gold prospectors using a cradle and pan

Bernard Otto Holtermann and the world's largest "nugget" of gold, North Sydney, ca. 1874-1876 / montage photograph by American and Australasian Photographic Company by State Library of New South Wales collection, via Flickr

Bernard Otto Holtermann and the world's largest "nugget" of gold, North Sydney, ca. 1874-1876 / montage photograph by American and Australasian Photographic Company by State Library of New South Wales collection, via Flickr

In this scene, Chinese and European diggers methodically search for gold using various devices and techniques

In this scene, Chinese and European diggers methodically search for gold using various devices and techniques

prospecting for gold, life onthe Victorian Goldfields, Historic Beechworth, Pioneering families of Australia.  Living conditions on the Goldfields

prospecting for gold, life onthe Victorian Goldfields, Historic Beechworth, Pioneering families of Australia. Living conditions on the Goldfields

Lambing Flat riots 1861. Victoria taxed Chinese at £10 a head.  This created an illegal trade whereby the Chinese were dropped off at ports in South Australia.  Chinese diggers left Australia and went back to China with their gold.  It was a drain on the economy.  Riots ensued at gold mines between Chinese and European diggers.  So all states legislated against Chinese in 1880.  Their number quickly declined and many of those who remained grew vegetables for the European community.

Lambing Flat riots 1861. Victoria taxed Chinese at £10 a head. This created an illegal trade whereby the Chinese were dropped off at ports in South Australia. Chinese diggers left Australia and went back to China with their gold. It was a drain on the economy. Riots ensued at gold mines between Chinese and European diggers. So all states legislated against Chinese in 1880. Their number quickly declined and many of those who remained grew vegetables for the European community.

Caged convicts on a ship bound for Australia. The average journey time to the penal colony was 102 days

Caged convicts on a ship bound for Australia. The average journey time to the penal colony was 102 days

Diggers on way to Bendigo S T Gill. This makes me think of my gg grandfather whose wife died at Bendigo leaving him with 3 small children. He spent his final years living in Llanelly, not far from Dunolly.

Diggers on way to Bendigo S T Gill. This makes me think of my gg grandfather whose wife died at Bendigo leaving him with 3 small children. He spent his final years living in Llanelly, not far from Dunolly.

Ted Densley and L. Porter with a pan full of gold, Wenlock, ca. 1930 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Ted Densley and L. Porter with a pan full of gold, Wenlock, ca. 1930 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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