A Pictorial History of the Victorian Goldfields

By: Flett, James

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First edition. Ink gift note on front endpaper. A nice copy. 1977 Large Hardcover. xxiii, 118 pp. During the first part of 1800s, the authorities were well aware of gold being in Victoria, but they feared serious consequences and declared they would rather send someone to hide it. They took this line, even though squatters and shepherds had only to pick up from the surface. Even the first small rush in 1849 was publicly treated as a hoax, and its instigator, a poor shepherd, felt obliged to disappear fearing arrest. Only in 1851 was gold officially discovered when discoveries in New South Wales threatened a mass exodus from Melbourne. A reward was then offered for a discovery in Victoria. This brought everything to an immediate head. The discovery at Golden Point, Ballarat, was the tinder box that sparked off the full-scale gold rushes. Soon shop-keepers were closing their shops; clerks were leaving government departments; constables deserting the police force; and women and children left to fend for themselves. Thousands flocked into Victoria from nearby colonies. Within months, goldfields were sprouting all around Ballarat, Bendigo and Melbourne. There was chaos on the road, in the towns and on the tempestueous diggings. But this was not only happening around these major centres; in truth, much of the colony was littered with goldfields, germinating hundreds of towns that are either sill thriving today or ghosts on the landscape. James Flett supplies a comprehensive survey of all the little known, as well as the famous, of these fields in the Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Melbourne, Gippsland, north-eastern and western Victoria regions; but, in doing so, he also recreates all the turmoil and excitement of that period.

Title: A Pictorial History of the Victorian Goldfields

Author: Flett, James

Categories: Modern First Editions, Australian,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Australia, Rigby: 1977

ISBN Number: 0727002082

ISBN Number 13: 9780727002082

Binding: Large Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2289014