Close message Scootle has stopped supporting resources that use the Adobe Flash plug-in from 18 Dec 2020. Learning paths that include these resources will have alerts to notify teachers and students that one or more of the resources will be unavailable. Click here for more info.

Search results

Listed under:  Mining  >  Gold rushes
Image

'Diggers' auction, Eagle Hawk, Bendigo', 1853

This is a hand-coloured lithographic print that shows a digger (miner) auctioning his mining equipment at the Eaglehawk gold fields near Bendigo in Victoria. A small crowd is shown gathered around the digger and part of the Eaglehawk tent settlement can be seen behind him. The print is from a watercolour painting by Samuel ...

Image

Colonial presentation inkstand, 1865

This is a gold and silver inkstand presented to John Todd by Thomas Bibby Guest. It was manufactured by William Edwards of Kilpatrick and Co, Melbourne, in 1865. The inkstand features a stepped rectangular silver base with bowed ends set on four cast-paw feet, each flanked by a small rosette below a palmette (anthemion) ...

Image

Goldfields brooch, c1860

This a 19th-century goldfields brooch made of 18-carat gold and featuring a miniature gold miner with equipment that includes picks, shovels, pans, a sieve, a revolver and a bucket. The miner is surrounded by a foliate design. The brooch-maker is unknown, but the brooch has an accompanying case (not shown) labelled 'A. ...

Online

The gold rush

This collection of 5 activities explores life on the NSW and Victorian goldfields in the 1850's. Using primary sources from the State Library of NSW's collection (diaries, artwork and a satirical cartoon), students investigate the everyday activities of the gold sush. Read an eyewitness account of the first gold escort ...

Video

Gold rush

Walk through the streets of 1850s Ballarat at Sovereign Hill and learn about how the discovery of gold shaped the development of this region. What were the three distinct but overlapping eras of gold mining in Ballarat? How do staff at Sovereign Hill know what life was like for people during this time? Find out how the ...

Image

Outside gold miners' huts, Mount Dromedary, 1890s

This is a photograph, taken by William Henry Corkhill (1846-1936) in the late 1890s, showing four gold miners standing outside a simple slab hut on the Mount Dromedary diggings in southern New South Wales. The hut stands on a narrow terrace cut into the hillside amid the bush. Firewood and housekeeping utensils lie on the ...

Video

Eureka Stockade

The Battle of the Eureka Stockade was fought in Ballarat, Victoria between gold miners and Colonial forces in 1854. What were the miners rebelling against? Why is this event a significant point in Australia's history?

Video

Australia's 21st-century gold rush

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to strike gold? During the 1800s, the dream of finding gold led to a huge increase in Australia's population and to many mines, but once these gold mines had been exploited they were abandoned. Find out why many formerly abandoned gold-mining sites across Australia today are ...

Image

'Gold fields of Australia' board game, 1853-56

This is a board game based on the goldfields of Australia, made by Darton and Co sometime between 1853 and 1856. The game is enclosed in a red canvas cover that has the appearance of a book when closed. The cover features an image of a family in a bullock cart, and people standing around the cart holding picks and sacks ...

Image

'Arrival of the mail, Myers Flat diggings', probably 1850s

This is a black-and-white print, measuring 17.7 cm x 21.6 cm, created from a wood engraving. It shows two men seated on a horse-drawn, two-wheeled buggy. Nine miners are gathered by the buggy, awaiting the delivery of letters, reading letters or newspapers and exchanging news. Although not visible on this image, the title ...

Image

Handwritten Chinese notice about gold fields mining legislation, 1873

This is a handwritten notice, the body of which is in Chinese characters, informing Chinese miners about the 'Gold Fields Regulations' and 'Gold Fields Act'. The notice is 15 columns wide with approximately 25 characters running down each column. Below the heading, in smaller script, is written 'By Order / of the Commissioner ...

Online

The Eureka Stockade

Consider the significance of the 1854 Eureka Stockade in the development of Australian democracy. Investigate the social, political and economic impact of the gold rush on the colony of Victoria and examine the way migrants have shaped, and continue to shape, Australia’s traditions and identity.

Video

Outback House - life for the station workers

Imagine leaving your home to travel back to a time over 150 years ago, to live and work on an outback farm. Sixteen Australians take part in a reality TV show about life on Oxley Downs, a sheep station built to look and work as a real station would have in the 1860s.Observe the morning routine for the station hands. Discover ...

Video

Celebrating democracy at the Eureka museum

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka is situated on the site of the Eureka stockade of 1854. Although the clash between the miners and the authorities was violent and some people were killed, the rebellion was successful in bringing about changes the miners were fighting for. Do you know what caused the Eureka stockade? ...

Image

'Cradling, Forrest Creek', 1853

This is an 1853 hand-coloured lithographic print, entitled 'Cradling. Forrest Creek'. It was made by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80) from a sketch done on the spot as he watched gold miners cradle for gold at Forest Creek (as it was more commonly spelled), in Victoria. One miner scoops water into the cradle, while the other ...

Online

The Australian Colonies: gold

This inquiry-based unit presents students with a range of visual primary sources to spark curiosity about life in the 1800s. Each activity introduces a new concept related to the Australian Gold Rushes.

Video

The gold rush era

The gold rush of the 1890s, which started in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie, prompted a rush of hopeful prospectors to Western Australia. Perth Mint exhibition supervisor Greg Cooke talks about the reality of life in the harsh outback with little water and no roads. Would you have risked your life to try to find your fortune ...

Video

Living the past: historian at Sovereign Hill

At Victoria's Sovereign Hill outdoor museum, visitors are taken back in time to the time of a famous gold rush. It's critical that the museum accurately represents that period's technology, architecture, clothing, food and lifestyle. Join Senior Historian Jan Croggon as she describes her work at Sovereign Hill and shares ...

Image

'Diggers licensing, Forest Creek, 1852'

This is a black-and-white print that shows diggers (miners) at Forest Creek on the Mount Alexander diggings in Victoria lining up before the Gold Commissioner's tent to pay a licence fee. A policeman stands guard next to the tent while, in the foreground on the left, two policemen can be seen speaking to a digger. The print, ...

Image

Horsedrawn whim on a gold field at Gympie, 1870-80

This is a black-and-white photograph of the minehead area at a Queensland goldmine. It shows the mine's headframe and a horsedrawn 'whim'. The whim consists of a wooden derrick construction with two large vertically mounted drums at its centre, one with a rope wound around it. The rope is connected at one end to the swivel ...