The Cobra-Bal, or Bald Pated Blacks [10 July 1858]

[Editor: A “tongue in cheek” article about a newly-discovered tribe of Aborigines, who were said to have goldfields nearby. Published in Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer, 10 July 1858. See the related article, “New race of Aboriginals: Gold discovery”.] The Cobra-Bal, or Bald Pated Blacks. — A very interesting par appears in the […]

The Ballarat gold rush of 1851 [chapter 50 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton]

[Editor: This is chapter 50 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton. Published in The Sunday Mail, 9 June 1935.] The story of Australia — L. The Ballarat gold rush of 1851 At the beginning of 1851 Victoria was merely a pastoral settlement, with a population of 77,345. At this period it was in […]

Discovery of gold [chapter 49 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton]

[Editor: This is chapter 49 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton. Published in The Sunday Mail, 2 June 1935, p. 29.] The story of Australia — XLIX Discovery of gold The year 1851 is especially memorable in the annals of Australia, as it marks the discovery of rich gold fields near Bathurst, which […]

The gold discovery [letter, 5 May 1851]

[Editor: The author of this letter counters the assertion that Edward Hargraves was the discoverer of gold in Australia. Indeed, it is true that gold was previously found in Australia; however, Hargraves was the first discoverer of a payable goldfield, or at least the first to have his find successfully publicised. Published in The Sydney […]

Our gold diggings [3 May 1851]

[Editor: This article is from the “Local intelligence” section of the Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer, 3 May 1851.] “Our” gold diggings. — A fitting retribution is awaiting those who, lured by the exaggerated announcements of the facilities and advantages held out to gold seekers in the inhospitable and death-fraught regions of California, […]