Welcome to GOLD, an SBS Learn website about the gold rush in Australia

Marlene Gilson, Chinese on the Goldfields, 2018, acrylic on linen. Image courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Photo: Peter Freund.

Uncover the rich cultures and stories of First Nations peoples that were disrupted and displaced by settlement on goldfields.

Unearth extraordinary stories of people who came to this country to try – but mostly fail – to make their fortune finding gold. What did people eat, wear, do for fun, sing, read, paint and cry about? How did people build homes, make laws, mourn their dead and provide for their families? Take a journey through this nation of Nations via the interactive map.

SBS gratefully acknowledges the Victorian Creative Collaboration, a group of cultural institutions that contributed to the original version of this website 20 years ago.

SBS would like to advise this website may contain images of deceased persons, which may cause distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.