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Discovering History: Australia and the California gold rush - Bendigo

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251-259 Hargreaves Street

Bendigo, Victoria 3550

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In his history of the Victorian Gold Rushes (1988) Weston Bate reflected on the close connections between the California gold rush and the rush to Victoria which followed just a few years later:
For about ten years from 1849 in California, and from 1851 in Victoria, alluvial gold deposits attracted migrations of people on a scale unheard of in world history … Because of its place in the sequence of discovery, Australia received a strong injection of American experience.

Victoria, Professor Bate continued, where some 10,000 American miners arrived during the 1850s, soon developed a reputation as the ‘most Yankee of British colonies’. But just as Americans played an important role in the Australian gold rushes, so too we played a vital role in theirs. In this talk, La Trobe’s Dr Ben Mountford will explore the importance of Colonial Australia to the making of California gold rush history.

For more information contact Dr Ruth Ford on
5444 7981 or via R.Ford@latrobe.edu.au
www.latrobe.edu.au/archaeology-and-history

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