On the Australian Goldfields

While thousands of people rushed to the goldfields in search of quick gold discoveries and instant wealth, many eventually left broke, sick and disillusioned. Life on the diggings was hardly glamorous. The goldfields offered few, if any, creature comforts. For the most part, diggers lived under roughly constructed canvas tents which they erected on or near their claim. A few would sometimes join together to construct a rough hut.
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Market Square Castlemaine, Forest Creek - GILL, S.T.

Market Square Castlemaine, Forest Creek - GILL, S.T.

The New Rush 1865 S.T.Gill

The New Rush 1865 S.T.Gill

The gold escort - Bendigo

The gold escort - Bendigo

Prospecting - S.T.Gill

Popular sketches of life in the by artist Samuel Thomas Gill.

On Bendigo Creek 1852 - GILL, S.T.

On Bendigo Creek 1852 - GILL, S.T.

Dana Street Hill Ballarat - A typical puddler - the brothers Kneeshaw, Wesleyan Chapel on the rise

Dana Street Hill Ballarat - A typical puddler - the brothers Kneeshaw, Wesleyan Chapel on the rise

Ophir, Summer Hill Creek

Ophir, Summer Hill Creek

Ophir diggings

Ophir diggings

Gold diggers of the Turon shifting their goods from one locality to another

Dark Classics: Peter Cornelius, Faust and Mephistopheles on Horse.

Oil painting of the United Extended Band of Hope (#2 mine) Gold Mining Company, circa 1865. Close up of the mine, with figures in the foreground: 3 horse and carts (one of which has WRIGLEY written on it): plus a purple coated gentleman and two ladies, directly in front of the mine. The poppet head is flying a brown and white flag, with the words "UNITED EXTENDED G.M. CO" written on it. Next to this are 2 red brick chimneys, one big, one small. The Atlantic Hotel is on the right.

Oil painting of the United Extended Band of Hope ( mine) Gold Mining Company, circa Close up of the mine, with figures in the foreground: 3 horse and carts (one of which has WRIGLEY written on

Wentworth River Diggings Gippsland

Wentworth River Diggings Gippsland

Summer-Hill Creek. below Lewis Ponds. Gold Washing

below Lewis Ponds.

Ophir at the junction June 1851

Ophir at the junction June 1851

Mt. Alexander Gold Diggings

Mt. Alexander Gold Diggings

Gold washing

Gold washing

Gold Washing Fitz Roy Bar Ophir Diggings. 1851

Gold Washing Fitz Roy Bar Ophir Diggings. 1851

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