Learning Resource: Australian Gold Rushes (Primary)

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Explore the life and times of the 19th century diggers who tried to strike gold in Australia.

The discovery of gold in New South Wales in 1851 began the first of a series of gold rushes in colonial Australia.

The lure of gold attracted miners, known as diggers, from all over the world. Tens of thousands of people left their homes and jobs to work in dangerous and harsh conditions on the Australian goldfields. Some struck it rich. Most did not. But all contributed to a defining era in Australian history.

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