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The Australian Gold Rush for Australian Primary School Students

The lure of instant wealth drew people from all over the world to the Victorian goldfields, but life was hard and only a few struck it rich. Click on the images below for photos, videos and more information.

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The Australian gold rush was a large number of gold discoveries in Australia. During those gold rushes, significant numbers of workers both from other areas within Australia and from overseas relocated to areas in which gold had been discovered. A number of gold finds occurred in Australia prior to , but only the gold found from onwards created gold rushes. This is mainly because, prior to , the colonial government of New South Wales Victoria did not become a separate colony until 1 July had suppressed news of gold finds which it believed would reduce the workforce and destabilise the economy. After the California Gold Rush began in , which caused many people to leave Australia for California to look for gold there, the New South Wales government rethought its position, and sought approval from the Colonial Office in England to allow the exploitation of the mineral resources and also offered rewards for the finding of payable gold. Thousands of people came to Australia in the hope of finding a lot of gold and becoming rich. The first rush started in when gold was found near Bathurst, New South Wales and ended with the last rush in to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

During the Australian gold rushes , significant numbers of workers both from other areas within Australia and from overseas relocated to areas in which gold had been discovered. A number of gold finds occurred in Australia prior to , but only the gold found from onwards created gold rushes. This is mainly because, prior to , the colonial government of New South Wales Victoria did not become a separate colony until 1 July had suppressed news of gold finds which it believed would reduce the workforce and destabilise the economy. After the California Gold Rush began in , which caused many people to leave Australia for California to look for gold there, the New South Wales government rethought its position, and sought approval from the Colonial Office in England to allow the exploitation of the mineral resources and also offered rewards for the finding of payable gold. The first gold rush in Australia began in May after prospector Edward Hargraves claimed to have discovered payable gold near Orange , at a site he called Ophir.

The Australian gold rush was a large number of gold discoveries in Australia. During those gold rushes, significant numbers of workers (both.
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The Australian Gold Rush (animation)

One of the biggest gold rushes in history was started in New South Wales, Australia, in Hundreds of thousands of "diggers" from other parts of Australia, Great Britain, Poland, Germany, and even California sought their fortunes and redefined Australia's national identity. The audio, illustrations, photos, and videos are credited beneath the media asset, except for promotional images, which generally link to another page that contains the media credit. The Rights Holder for media is the person or group credited. Caryl-Sue, National Geographic Society. For information on user permissions, please read our Terms of Service.

The discovery of gold in Australia began one of the most significant periods in our history. This kit explores the history of the Gold Rush and its impact on our nation both then and now. But they were all sworn to secrecy. Eventually, word got out and the Rush began. But the journey for those who dreamt of striking it rich was slow, uncomfortable and dangerous. Yes, really! But most people had to work much, much harder to find their fortune.

Minor discoveries of gold were made in Australia in the early days, but it was the Californian goldrush of which sharpened interest. A tough brash mountain of a man named Edward Hammond Hargraves returned from California to try the prospecting skills he had acquired there. On 12 February , he and a young fellow named Lister were working along Lewis Pond Creek near Bathurst in New South Wales, where his instincts told him he was surrounded by gold. Filling a pan with the gravelly soil and sluicing it in the creek, he saw the glint. Hargraves, who took a proprietary interest in the whole phenomenon, christened the place Ophir, after a fabled gold-producing region in the Old Testament. By May, half of Sydney seemed to have left for the goldfields and there was a sensation in July when the Kerr Nugget was found, a whole hundredweight of gold. By the end of the year ships were on the way bringing hopefuls from Britain, many Cornish, Scots and Irish among them.

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