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Built on gold

by Annabel Ayling


Built on gold
By Annabel Ayling BGS 5KC
Fun facts
The gold rush was years of digging for gold
The gold rush was taken place in NSW,VIC,TAS,QSL,NT and WA
The miners were mostly British but some were from the United States, Germany, Poland and China
There was a total of 61,034,682 oz (1,898,391kg)
The largest gold nugget ever found
5 February 1869.John Deason and Richard Oates. It weighed gross, over 2,520 troy ounces (78 kg; 173 lb) and returned over 2,284 troy ounces (71.0 kg; 156.6 lb) net.

Biggest gold nugget in history weighing 198 pounds, worth $2.6 million found in Australia
The largest gold nugget was found at Moliagul, Victoria, Australia.
Shaft mining
Shaft mining or shaft sinking is excavating a vertical or near-vertical tunnel from the top down, where there is initially no access to the bottom. Shallow shafts, typically sunk for civil engineering projects, differ greatly in execution method from deep shafts, typically sunk for mining projects
Eureka stockade
In 1853 78,000 people joined the rush to find gold in Victoria, they came from around the world. They came with hope, they came with lots of ideas. One idea they had was that life should be fair. The goldfields did not appear fair!

The diggers or miners dug deep into the ground for gold but they also had to dig deep into their pockets for money to pay for their license.

No license meant no mining! License cost 30 shillings a week -this was a lot of money. Traps checked for licenses and were cruel and unkind when they were lost.

Lots of people were unhappy. The government became greedy and the fee for the license went up to 3 quid. This was many then many could afford, unrest amongst the miners began, they wanted to fight back they wanted DEMOCASY