By Courtney Webber
Why we all want gold!!!
• You can lots of money out of it.
• You can make many things out of it .
• It is a precious metal that people pay lot a of
• The Chinese people were unlike because they
had different customs than the European
• Because they took the money back to china.
• Also because that they ate dressed and lived
different then everyone else (Eroupean)
At the gold fields
• At the gold fields you need:
• Gold pan
• Money!! (To buy every thing)
• And a good sense of determination
• William Chapman first discovered gold near
Adelaide in 1852 . He received a 500 pound
reward from the S.A government. Soon ten
thousand prospectors flock to the area. Other
finds were at the Barossa Valley and
Teetulpa, north East of Adelaide.
This method allowed the prospector to work with
more gravel than a pan. It still needs water to
help separate the gold from the gravel.
Keeping gold safe
• Most of the gold mined in 1850’s was in the
form of a gritty dust. The miners had to keep
it safe and protect it from thieves.
• The first police on the goldfields were
• As more and more people moved to the gold
fields , more police were needed , special forces
called THE GOLD POLICE were formed
• The Eureka stockade was caused because the
Miners Licence price was too high for the men
• After wards the Licence fees were put back
twelfth of their former cost.
What gold has done to A.U.S
• The money changed Australia from a
farming country to an Industrialised
• Problems on the goldfields ,especially at
Eureka led to an improvement in people’s
rights. It helped establish the idea of
• The diggers elected a man called Peter Lalor.
• They built a stockade at Eureka
• They flew the southern cross. (Eureka )
• The people were very proud of the diggers at
Eureka even though they didn’t win the
battle , because they had made the license
price go down.
• The goldfields of Tasmania did not
experience the large numbers of
prospectors that were attracted to the
other Australian fields. The main goldfields
were of The nook, hisle and Beaconsfield.
Beaconsfield became the main mining
centre when a big reef was found in 1878.
• The first good find was in 1871 approx.
200km South East or Darwin. Several
other areas produced gold but the biggest
problem was lack of drinking water. Eight
men died before the government sank
• Ballarat and Bendigo were to become the
greatest goldfields in Australia’s history.
The rush occurs between 1851 and
1860.These years saw massive population
growth in Australia. These years also saw
poor treatment of Aboriginals and non