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Transcript of Gold Rush
At that time, children were thought as short adults. if they were capable and the family circumstances weren't going good, even children were expected to work. By the time of 1852 there were approximately 12,000 children working on the Goldfields helping out their parents whom were digging.
The Victorian Gold Rush is also well known as the Australian Gold Rush, as it was Australia's first major Gold Rush. In 1850 the population was 76,000, within the period of 10 years the population had increased to a mind-boggling number of 540,000 people. This statistic alone gives us a perfect hint about the effects of the Gold Rush to now.
The Miner's License
A Brief Summary of the Gold Rush
The Gold Rush started in 1851 with small finding by Victorians around the area. The Gold Rush also caused our wonderful and visible multiculturalism, right here in spectacular Victoria. People from all different countries came sailing to Australia to make their fortune. Gold was largely found in Ballarat and Bendigo.
Panning is a really old technique(obviously used in the the Gold Rush) to use. Panning for Gold when you think about it isn't overly that hard, but finding the desired amount was! Most of the Gold to be discovered was found in rivers, streams and creeks. This type of Gold had it's own special name, it was called 'Alluvial Gold'.
Largest Nuggets Found
Many large finds were given names. The largest nugget found in Victoria was called "The Holtermann's Nugget," it weighed a whopping 286kg. It's measurements were 150cm by 66cm. There are many other famous finds such as "The Hand Of Faith" (27.2kg) not as large though, "The Welcome Stranger" (73.4kg) and many more.
* The police man that caught a Miner without a license would get paid half the fine amount.
* The Gold Rush started the year Victoria was found.
* Diggers didn't work on Sundays
Where is gold found?
Found within the layers of rocks and natural ground, Gold can also be found in streams and in layers of rivers. It was found practically everywhere. All those places were superbly filled with diggers.
The Rush for Gold
of when the Gold rush occurred
Between the time of 1850-1875, the Gold Rush started and was on going. The Goldfields were really rough in Victoria.
Between this period of time the Gold Rush was once again still to come, but was a treasure to those whom where as poor.
At this very time , Australia was basically just settled in, it was a new country. Near this period of time the Gold Rush was still to come.
The Gold Rush Started
Panning for Gold
Just as a general thing...
How to pan for Gold
What you will need-
* 1 Gold Pan
* Dirt and Gravel
1. Find a suitable spot to pan: streams work best.
2. Choose/Locate a slow point within the stream
3. Grab your Gold pan and shovel a small amount of dirt and gravel into your pan.
4. Slowly lower your pan into the water, making sure all of the inside is wet.
5. Remove any large rocks or pebbles.
6. Rock the pan back and forth and don't be scared about being rough because it's okay. The rocking does 2 things for us, 1. It allows the gold to begin settling at the bottom of the pan, 2. It takes out any unwanted items.
7. Slightly turn the pan downwards back and fourth repeatedly till there is only a little bit of what looks like black sand left.
8. Look now and you will see flakes of Gold around the place in your pan.
About the exact ending date of the Gold Rush, as far as I'm concerned there wasn't one confirmed. So that means I am unsure when the Gold Rush ended.
of How the Goldfields got even
The population on the Goldfields got bigger and bigger with people coming from all around the world.
As Australia was found in the late 1700's, the new Victorian government needed money. So a decision was made that to be able to dig in the Goldfields you must pay for the privilege. Each and everyone of them had to buy something that was called the 'Miner's License' which cost 30 shillings ($3.70) per month. That was overly expensive, well at least in those times. To avoid people from sneaking into the goldfields without a license, they would have policeman check up on the miners and see if they all had a license. If you didn't manage to buy a license and happen to be on the goldfields digging you would get arrested with a fine as well. (Whoa! That's harsh).
On the Ballarat goldfields, a major meeting was held at Bakery hill at that time the Eureka flag was raised for the first time. The people of that area(including the diggers) had decided that they would all burn their licenses, for the government to notice their anger and protest and to change something. But that didn't happen till later.
A year later, the government realized that they were wrong and replaced the miner's License with something called the Miner's Right and cost 1 pound per year.
Women and Children on the Goldfields
Children at the Goldfields
Women at the Goldfields
Women were also found by less numbers until later. Some women opened
shops for the diggers. The women also entertained the diggers a famous one was Lola Montez.
The Gold Rush changing our Population
to go higher
The chance of finding Gold in today's time
It's not impossible, Gold can be found in any period of time. But it's the amount you wonder about, because now days what you can find is tiny specks/flakes. The chance of finding a big Golden nugget is rare, not impossible though proved by old man Mr Kent. Who found a 5.5kg Golden Nugget right here in Ballarat. The Nugget was worth $300,000, 60cm underground.
The effects of the Gold Rush in a bad way.
There were many negatives about the Gold Rush but were ignored due to the fact of so many positives. In those times, living conditions were tough and there were very few comforts at the Goldfields. Also the Alluvial Mining(panning in the water) caused the the clear creek water to be muddied. Meaning clean and drinkable water was hard to find.
Fun and Games
Most diggers worked 6 days a week. Some family's were lucky and found a fair bit of Gold, while others found very little at all! The Diggers worked very hard for what they discovered.
As we all know, the diggers worked very hard and needed a break at times. On the Ballarat Goldfields a boxing saloon was set up for men to enjoy. There were tents set up for drinking(mainly alcohol). All these luxury's were provided at the end of the day and on Sundays.