Historical photograph of the gold rush in Australia in 1851.
Credit: National Archives of Australia, Image no.: A1200, L84862A.
The gold rushes of the nineteenth century and the lives of those who worked the goldfields -- the 'diggers' -- are etched into our national folklore. There is no doubt that the gold rushes had a huge effect on the Australian economy and our development as a nation. It is also true to say that those heady times had a profound impact on the national psyche.
This title looks at the gold rushes, their effects on the nation, and includes details of the Eureka Stockade, the only armed rebellion in Australia's history.
Chapters 3 to 7 onwards provide original source documents on people who were actually at the diggings, providing us with first hand knowledge of the gold rushes, and the incredible hardships people endured while hoping to become rich.
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