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Gold in Western Australia
The Gold Rush in Australia
In 1851, Edward Hargraves discovered a 'grain of gold' in a waterhole near Bathurst. He was convinced that the similarity in geological features between Australia and the California goldfields (from where he had just returned) boded well for the search of gold in his homeland. He was proved correct. He named the place 'Ophir', reported his discovery to the authorities, and was appointed a 'Commissioner of Land'. He received a reward of 10,000, plus a life pension.
The discovery marked the beginning of the Australian gold rushes and a radical change in the economic and social fabric of the nation.
The Gold Rush
ABC Education Resources - Gold Rush
BTN - Gold Rush
Life on the Gold Fields
A Short History of the Gold Rush
The Early Australian Prospectors
Australian Gold Rushes
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Library
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Call Number: PN 994.031 GUI
Publication Date: 2011