Designed and written by Graeme McCulloch © 2007 Updated January 2011

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Eureka Stockade

On November 29 1854 some 12 000 diggers held a rally to protest about the gold license. From the Time Line list down the key events that lead to this rally.

During the early hours of December 3 1854 mounted and foot police attacked the diggers killing and wounding many of the protesters. The battle that lasted for about twenty minutes, has become known as the Eureka Stockade. Read this story about the battle and acting as a reporter for a Newspaper " We Dig Up The News" write a recount of what happened on that day.Use this online proforma to help you plan out your writing. Check requirement for writing a News Paper Report here. Check here to view the criteria I expect to see in your News Recount.

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Arriving
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Gold Is Discovered

Gold up until 1851, had been found in Australia by farmers, and other people, but not enough in any area to start the Gold Rush. Read the article about Edward Hargraves, claimed to be the first man to find a rich deposit of gold in Australia sparking the Australian Gold Rush. Read through the information a second time matching facts and information about Hargrave's life to the set dates.

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To The Fields

Upon hearing about a gold fined or having just arrived in Australia at one of the major ports like Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide, the hopeful gold seeker had to find his or her way to one of the many gold fields. This involved travelling long distances often on very rough roads or tracks. The wealthy gold seeker was able to afford a horse to ride or if there was a good road a carriage or wagon to travel in. The poorer prospector carried their possessions such as blankets, tent, flour, dried meat, tea and some basic mining equipment. or pushed them along in a wheelbarrow. The roads or tracks soon became littered with belongings that could no longer be carried. Investigate the location of the Gold Rush fields in the states of Australia and mark in their positions on the blank state maps.

 

 

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Chinese Miners
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Living On The Gold Fields

 

The period between 1850 to 1890 was a time that saw people of all walks of life arriving in Australia chasing their dream of finding their fortune in the Australian Gold Rush. Tent cities sprang up where ever the colour of gold was found and when the gold ran out, the diggers moved on to

the next field. As the adventures arrived in their hundreds of thousands the Australian landscape and culture began to change. In 1851 the Australian population was 430 000 and in 1871 it had grown to 1 700 000 a three fold increase.

 

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Gold Mining Equipment
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