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Weston Bate Lecture during History Week

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Ballarat, VIC 3350

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The Sydney Ducks are Cackling in Pond’

Colonial Australia and the Making of the California Gold Rush

Victoria received some 10,000 American miners in the 1850s, but just as Americans played an important role in the Australian gold rushes, so too we played a vital role in theirs. In late 1848, as many as 11,000 made the journey from Australia and New Zealand east across the Pacific.

The most famous (or rather infamous) of these Australians, were a gang of ex-convicts, known as the ‘Sydney Ducks’.

For Sovereign Hill’s 2017 Weston Bate Lecture, Dr Ben Mountford from La Trobe University will explore the history of the Sydney Ducks and the importance of Colonial Australia to the making of California gold rush history.

The Annual Professor Weston Bate Lecture takes place during History Week in the Victoria Theatre at Sovereign Hill. The lecture is in honour of the lasting contribution Professor Bate has made to the study of local history and its importance to Australia's national story.
This year's guest lecturer, Dr. Benjamin Mountford, is a David Myers Research Fellow in History at La Trobe University, Australia. From 2008-15, Ben was at Oxford, where he was an Associate of the Centre for Global History and the first Michael Brock Junior Research Fellow in Modern British History. He is the author of Britain, China, and Colonial Australia (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Fighting Words: Fifteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World (Peter Lang, 2017) and Gold Rush: A Global History (University of California Press, 2018). He is currently working on a history of Australians at the California gold rush.

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[Image Courtesy of the California Historical Society]

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