Tales of the Goldfields

Tales of the Goldfields

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...but he, unfortunately, lost it the very next day. A month or two afterwards, it was reported that he had again been refused a license at Forest Creek diggings, and the diggers asserted that the Government had set a watch on him, so that he should never be allowed to dig for gold in Victoria, on account of his rebellious conduct at Ballarat. Meanwhile, from all the neighbouring towns, and chiefly from Melbourne and Geelong, a miscellaneous crowd had been pouring into Ballarat, and still the numbers were increasing daily. Standing on the little hill which terminated the Golden Point, the miners could see men swarming over the surround ing hills like ants on an ant-hill. It was scarcely possible to believe that so many able-bodied men could be collected from the whole of Victoria. They came in crowds, and they came singly. Some rode in spring vans, and some brought drays; while, in many cases, the miners struggled along with their swags and utensils piled upon wheelbarrows.' Roads there were none, but mud ruts marked to one traveller the track taken by the others before him. Ministers, doctors, and lawyers; farmers, sailors, and tradesmen, all combined to swell the crowd. A week after the opening of the claims on Golden Point it was estimated that there were 700 miners on the place; a week after that there were 3, ooo, and before a month was over, 15,000 persons had collected. To provide food for this ever-accumulating crowd was no easy matter. Most of the would-be diggers came provided with plenty of clothing and cooking utensils, but very few of them ever thought of laying in a supply of provisions. One man, named Bath, set himself apart as caterer to the community in the matter of butcher's meat. Going to the house of Mr....show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236983351
  • 9781236983350