Explore the impact of the gold rushes on Australia and uncover the stories of the diggers at SBS GOLD! The topics below detail the varied results of the gold rushes on the young colonies of Australia, and use newspapers, diaries and memoirs to uncover the personal experiences of those caught up in the rush.

Discover the stories, explore the rich visual database and interact with the Flash features to learn more about the Australian gold rushes.

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Early gold discoveries in Australia were kept quiet as many feared a gold rush would plunge the largely convict population into chaos and lawlessness. However the rush to California depleted the new colony’s small population and forced the authorities to think differently about Australian gold. Self styled knight in shining armour Edward Hargraves rode to the colony’s rescue. His well publicised discovery of gold in NSW marks the beginning the Australian gold rush, the mass migration and the frenzy that ensued.
Open Interactive Gold Map   Gold Interactive Map
Follow the discovery of gold around the country with our interactive map.

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  Bushrangers on the roam
Villains or heroes? Uncover the details of Australia's most notorious bushrangers.

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  Golden Technologies: patents from the gold rush
Explore the history of gold technology as miners tunnelled deeper into the earth.

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Gold is presented by the Victorian Cultural Collaboration, whose members include:
sbs Victorian Arts Centre Museum of Victoria National Gallery of Victoria
   State Library of Victoria Victorian College of the Arts Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
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Legacy of Indigenous art
Drawings by a young Indigenous boy named Oscar remain as an extremely rare Aboriginal record of Queensland during the gold rush.
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To search for gold is to look for the moon at the bottom of the sea. Taam Sze-Pui (Tom See Poy)Palmer River 1877-82
 

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