The Victorian gold rush was a period in the history of Victoria, Australia lasting from 1851 through the late Learn more about it and how much Australia's population expanded as a result of the influx of prospectors hoping to strike it rich.
Some mighty big lumps of gold. Holtermann from left), Richard Ormsby Kerr (centre) and Beyers from right), with reef gold from Star of Hope mine, / American & Australasian Photographic Company, originally uploaded by State Library.
Panning In 1851 a gentleman by the name of Edward Hargraves discovered a grain of gold in Bathurst NSW. This small discovery held great historical significance and marked the beginning of the GOLD RUSH.