Diggers in Camp. Queensland, Australia ca. 1870sBy Remembering the Past Australia / August 16, 2020 / Australia / 0 Comments
This image is part of the Colonial Office photographic collection held at The National Archives UK.
The Australian gold rushes changed the convict colonies into more progressive cities with the influx of free immigrants. These hopefuls, termed diggers, brought new skills and professions, contributing to a burgeoning economy. The mateship that evolved between these diggers and their collective resistance to authority led to the emergence of a unique national identity. Although not all diggers found riches on the goldfields, many decided to stay and integrate into these communities.
Showing Brisbane in 1860. Queensland, Australia. Original photo taken 1860.
From the collection of:
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