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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